This is a strange movie to describe. It’s a story about Rell (Jordan Peele) who has just suffered a traumatic breakup but finds consolation in a small kitten that wanders into his home, whom he names Keanu. However a home invasion results in Keanu going missing, so Rell and his friend Clarence (Keegan-Michael Key) go on a journey to find and rescue him. We’ve also got Rell’s weed dealer (Will Forte), Clarence’s wife (Nia Long), and the drug dealer who has now adopted Keanu (Method Man). Other talent includes Tiffany Haddish, Jason Mitchell (Eazy-E from Straight Outta Compton), Darrell Britt-Gibson, Jamar Malachi Neighbors, Luis Guzman, and Rob Huebel.
This whole movie works and is convincing because this cat is so lovable. Like… I want to go adopt a kitten right now. This little guy was so cute that I totally believed that everyone in this movie would risk their lives for him. You will literally “aww” every time he appears on-screen.
Luckily, the human performances are decent as well. I’m not a huge Key and Peele fan, but they deliver tons of laughs here. Not all of it hit but if you’re a fan of their television show, you’ll likely really enjoy this. The same problems I had with their show is the same I have here, it just doesn’t always land. Method Man also steals the show as the “villain” Cheddar, who sends our two leads on some adventures in exchange for giving Keanu to them. Even though he’s a murderous drug dealer, he still is head over heels for this little cat and it’s kind of endearing.
There’s also some surprisingly cool action scenes, especially the opening moments of the film. Some great use of slow motion effects.
What doesn’t work?
Key and Peele have a frenetic energy about them that kind of turns me off. I haven’t really gotten into their other comedy because it seems outlandish and exaggerated to a point that I feel almost alienated. It’s like silly almost. I get why people like it though, it’s just not my cup of tea.
So because of that, I didn’t find all of the jokes funny. It was really maybe half and half. The ones that hit, I loved. The ones that missed, I was cringing. Again though, I’m not a fan of theirs, so if you are, you’ll likely have a much better time.
This is a movie for fans of Key and Peele. If you’ve tried their stuff before and found it not really your thing, you may not like this either. I had a decent time though, with some surprising action setpieces and a kitten just might be the most adorable thing I’ve ever seen. There’s enough to laugh at here but not enough to validate a full-price ticket.