Twelve-year-old Kareem Manning hires a criminal to scare his mom's new boyfriend -police officer James Coffee - but it backfires, forcing Coffee and Kareem to team up in order to save themselves from Detroit's most ruthless drug kingpin.


Michael Dowse


Shane Mack
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ed Helms ... Coffee
Taraji P. Henson ... Vanessa Manning
Terrence Little Gardenhigh ... Kareem
Betty Gilpin ... Detective Watts
RonReaco Lee ... Orlando Johnson
David Alan Grier ... Captain Hill
Andrew Bachelor ... Rodney
William 'Big Sleeps' Stewart ... Dee (as William 'BigSleeps' Stewart)
Serge Houde ... Jerome
Eduard Witzke ... Seedy Manager
Chance Hurstfield ... Dominic
Diana Bang ... Ms. Chu
Erik McNamee Erik McNamee ... Gary
Samantha Cole ... Thursday (as Samantha Liana Cole)
Terry Chen ... Officer Steve Choi


While police officer James Coffee (Ed Helms) enjoys his new relationship with Vanessa Manning (Taraji P. Henson), her beloved 12-year-old son Kareem (Terrence Little Gardenhigh) plots their break-up. Attempting to scare away his mom's boyfriend for good, Kareem tries to hire criminal fugitives to take him out but accidentally exposes a secret network of criminal activity, making his family its latest target. To protect Vanessa, Kareem teams up with Coffee - the partner he never wanted - for a dangerous chase across Detroit. From director Michael Dowse, COFFEE and KAREEM is an action-comedy about forging unexpected bonds, one four-letter insult at a time. Co-starring Betty Gilpin, RonReaco Lee, Andrew Bachelor and David Alan Grier. Written by Netflix

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Action | Comedy | Crime


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The captain's name is Walter Hill, director of the 48 Hrs. films which also feature a white cop and a black sidekick. See more »


There is no "Metro Detroit Police Department". Detroit's police force is simply called the Detroit Police Department. See more »


Detective Watts: [while making the patrons of a strip club evacuate] Go home and work on your marriages!
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Written by Artez Williams and DeAndre Coker
Performed by Cash Paid
Courtesy of BMB Records LLC of Detroit
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Should be called 'The Obnoxious Fat Kid Movie'
4 April 2020 | by danthayerSee all my reviews

Kareem has to be the most irritating, obnoxious, poorly-written character in modern movie history. He's meant to be 12, but looks about 16 and is extremely slappable. His lines are unbelievably offensive for a someone who's meant to be a child, something the movie's entire premise seems to rest upon. There's nothing clever about this movie; just a fat kid swearing as much as possible.

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3 April 2020 (USA) See more »

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