Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key are a comedic duo that can’t be matched. Over the years, they’ve perfected their style of humor through the television shows “Mad TV” and “Key and Peele” and audiences have reaped the benefits. Their new film, “Keanu,” leaves the feeling that making the transition from the small screen to big one can be difficult at times.
“Keanu” centers on the story of Rell Williams (Peele) and Clarence Goobril (Key). Following a bad breakup, Rell adopts a kitten he finds on his front porch, naming it Keanu. Upon returning home from a night out, the two friends find Rell’s home broken into and ransacked. After searching the house, Rell and Clarence determine that Keanu is missing and has been taken by a street gang. They form a plan and pose as hit men to save Rell’s beloved pet from a drug dealer.
“Keanu” is a film that won’t be winning any awards, but it’s honest. It is a popcorn film made to make people laugh. The trailer promised laughs and when the film was released last week, it made good on that promise. Walking out of the theater, I left with a big smile and a lot of laughter in my heart.
One of the side-splitting scenes is when Rell and Clarence go to make a drug deal with several gang members. One of the gang members in the vehicle asks Clarence, “Why do you drive this weak a** van?” Clarence responds by saying, “If you never want to get pulled over again, you drive an inconspicuous family vehicle.”
Another scene that made me chuckle outloud included when a gang member starts flipping through Clarence’s MP3 player was while waiting for the drug deal to go down. He finds that Clarence listens to George Michael. Clarence, through dancing and waving his hands slowly, convinces the gang members that George Michael is gangster.
For the majority of the movie, the humor of Key and Peele is well executed. However, there are several times a few jokes fall flat and scenes seemed to drag. A little tighter editing toward the end of the film could have solved or eliminated this problem. Overall, “Keanu” makes for a great time at the movies and provides a lot of laughter.
“Keanu” is rated R for violence, language throughout, drug use and sexuality/nudity and runs 100 minutes.
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