"Keanu" stars Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Tiffany Haddish, and Method Man. Released on April 29, 2016, the film has two cousins posing as drug dealers in order to rescue a helpless kitten.
The film is directed by Peter Atencio, who is known for directing the sketch comedy series Key & Peele. This is Key and Peele's first feature film they did together with Atencio since their show ended last September. I haven't watched the show, to be honest, but I'm familiar with the main actors. When I first watched the trailer for this film, I figured that there's a good chance that it could be ridiculous because it's a movie about two guys rescuing an adorable little kitten from gangsters. How can you get more ridiculous than that? Well, clearly, after seeing it for myself, I was right. It is a ridiculous movie, but it does have a mixture between good and bad.
The performances were decent.
Key and Peele had some good chemistry together.
The direction was passable.
The humor wasn't as hilarious as it could've been, but still pretty funny.
A bit slow during some moments.
The story wasn't strong enough to overcome its absurd plot.
Final thoughts: If there is a long forgotten sketch from the Key & Peele show that got stretched into a two-hour comedy film, that's "Keanu". While it's funny at some points and Key and Peele proved to be an entertaining duo, the film is just as ridiculous as Key's gangster impersonation. However, for their first film together, it was enjoyable for what it is. If you like Key & Peele, chances are you might like this as well.
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