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Keanu
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08.23.2016 By: Jason Adams
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Director:
Peter Atencio

Actors:
Jordan Peele
Keegan-Michael Key
Method Man

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
After his beloved new kitten Keanu is kidnapped by a local drug kingpin, a downtrodden man and his uptight suburban cousin decide to go undercover as murderous gangsters to get him back.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?

Key and Peele reached serious levels of brilliance on their eponymous Comedy Central show and while their first feature film KEANU never hits those same highs, it’s still a consistently funny film.

The movie does operate off of what is essentially a one-note joke—a fish-out-of-water story about two straight-laced guys pretending to be hard thugs—but it is pretty funny throughout and occasionally unpredictable. A lot of this feels like area well-covered by other films, with the setup and execution definitely seeming familiar. However, KEANU has some clever takes on modern masculinity and racial stereotypes up its sleeve. Nothing groundbreaking, but it definitely helps it feel fresh and not like a bad 90s movie with a similar plot. Traditionally cliché elements like the shoehorned love interest are less successful, but thankfully far and few between. Plus, KEANU has the benefit of featuring an undeniably adorable kitten wearing a do-rag and who doesn't love that.

We know Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key are funny guys, but both prove to be overall solid actors and have no problem carrying a feature film on their own. The chemistry between them, and their constant banter, is obviously a highlight, but there's also small, fun supporting bits from funny people like Will Forte, Luis Guzman and Rob Huebel. (Along with a couple great cameos better left unspoiled.) However, the real star of the movie for me is director Peter Astencio, who impressively helmed pretty much every Key and Peele skit throughout the show's run, encompassing a ton of different cinematic styles. KEANU shows he can translate that versatility to the big screen, showcasing a confident eye for style and action, signaling a talent to watch out for in the future.

THE EXTRAS

Keanu: My First Movie (3:04): Keanu (the cat) talks with various members of the cast and gets advice on acting in his first movie. Cute but forgettable.

Deleted Scenes (15:13): You get eight quick extended and deleted scenes here, some of which are pretty funny (“Dirty Nails, Dirty Dick.”) The movie’s already long enough though, so most of these I can agree with.

Gag Reel (5:39): Some predictable gaffes, but with this cast these outtakes are all pretty hilarious.

A Digital Copy is also included.

FINAL DIAGNOSIS

KEANU isn’t as good as some of Key and Peele’s best skits from their former show, but it's still entertaining. If you're a fan of what they did on Comedy Central, I still say this is worth checking out.

Extra Tidbit: Keegan Michael Key is actually allergic to cats and had to take medication in order to be around Keanu.

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