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Keanu (2016)

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When the adorable kitten of an L.A. crime kingpin unexpectedly enters the life of two cousins, they will have to go through tough gangs, pitiless hit-men, and ruthless drug dealers who all claim him, to get him back. How hard can it be?

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Peter Atencio
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jordan Peele ... Rell Williams / Oil Dresden
Keegan-Michael Key ... Clarence Goobril / Smoke Dresden
Tiffany Haddish ... Hi-C
Method Man ... Cheddar
Darrell Britt-Gibson ... Trunk
Jason Mitchell ... Bud
Jamar Malachi Neighbors ... Stitches
Luis Guzmán ... Bacon
Will Forte ... Hulka
Nia Long ... Hannah
Rob Huebel ... Spencer
Madison Wolfe ... Alexis
Jordyn A. Davis Jordyn A. Davis ... Belle
James Yeargain James Yeargain ... Donnie
Brittany Seymour ... Rachel
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Storyline

Rell's life is changed forever when a cute kitten comes to his door, and he names it Keanu. Unfortunately, one weekend later, Keanu is abducted by persons unknown. Now Rell and his cousin, Clarence, are men on a mission to find Keanu against the odds. Unfortunately, those odds prove to be perilously high as they find Keanu in the care of the ruthless gangster, Cheddar, and he will only part with him for a price. Now for that cute kitten, these two middle class bumblers find themselves neck deep in a dangerous alien world of drugs and gang violence with only their desperate audacity, creativity and sheer dumb luck giving them a chance to survive. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Taglines:

Kitten, please. See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language throughout, drug use and sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 April 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cat Boys See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,453,224, 1 May 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$20,566,327, 26 June 2016
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

One of the photos from the cat calendar is a parody of the movie Point Break (1991) which starred Keanu Reeves. See more »

Goofs

When the kitten escapes during the action scenes, you'll notice that his tail is upright. That is the sign of a happy cat. If a cat was truly scared, the tail would be low to the ground, and very fluffed up. See more »

Quotes

Clarence Goobril: Wordness to the turdness.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening the Warner Brothers logo flies apart and becomes the New Line Cinema logo which then starts to glow like the sun. All this to ominous background music. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Talking with Chris Hardwick: Jordan Peele (2017) See more »

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Father Figure
Written and performed by George Michael
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd & Epic Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Hilarious take on traditional action/comedy.
22 April 2016 | by cadillac20See all my reviews

Key and Peele have established themselves with their show as two of the leaders of small screen comedy. Their brand of comedy pokes fun at stereotypes and generic film tropes, with heavy influences from the cinema world. Their skits are often cinematic and ridiculous, but in the best kinds of way. Now, they carry that over to an actual movie and the results are often times hilarious. While not always successful, when they are, Keanu is laugh out loud funny. With huge influences from traditional cinema, ranging from romantic comedy to 80's action, Keanu covers a range of genres, providing that same ridiculous kind of comedy fans are used to.

The film kicks off with a bang, delivering a stylish opening action scene that introduces us to the titular Keanu, a cute-beyond-words kitten that you immediately fall in love with. We're then introduced to our dynamic duo, Rell, a man-child lacking direction in his life who has recently lost his girlfriend, and Clarence, the straight arrow of the two who is happily married, but is so caught up in trying to please everyone else, he never takes time for himself. Once Keanu enters the picture, the two find themselves spiraling downward into a world of gang warfare, crime, and mistaken identity, all in pursuit of retrieving the adorable little Keanu.

If you've seen Key & Peele, the humor here will feel familiar. Working under the show's director, Peter Atencio, and with Peele in the writer's seat, all have a firm grasp of how to craft cinema and then skewer it. Both characters constantly feel out of place while at the same time handling themselves well, and much of the comedy comes from both the familiar fish out of water story and some surprises. What helps is that the film never really feels forced. Our heroes never feel too unnatural in their actions, though it is slightly mystifying that they are continuously believed to be tougher than they actually are. The action is well done too, with it feeling like it wouldn't be out of place in an action movie. And Keanu replacing what would be a person in distress makes for a hilarious spoof on traditional damsel- in-distress type tropes. Our villains also fare well, with one particular hilarious scene seeing Clarence bond with other gangsters over George Michael music.

As stated above, not every joke works, with several falling flat or getting little more than a chuckle, but more often than not the movie knows when to end a joke or just what to do to surprise or make the audience laugh. It also helps to know movies well to catch several of the references or tropes. Where the film could have made many missteps, it makes wise decisions in terms of balancing comedy, action, and drama and knows when it's comedy may be going too far and for too long. I often wondered if Key and Peele would take their comedy to the film world, as they have always clearly loved movies, and now that they've finally done so, they have delivered. Not a perfect comedy, but a very funny one and shows that the two have promise for a future in the cinema world. It's my hope that Keanu is just the beginning for these two.


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