Two friends pose as drug dealers so they can
get their cat back from a vicious street gang.
Directed by Peter Atencio
Written by Jordan Peele and Alex Rubens
Starring Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key, Tiffany Haddish, Method Man, Will Forte, Jason Mitchell, Darrell Britt-Gibson,
Jamar Malachi Neighbors, Luis Guzmán, Nia Long
Key and Peele are one of the funniest comedy teams since the days of Abbott and Costello, and their feature film debut shows off their talents perfectly. Keanu is really a story about the cutest cat in the world who keeps running into dangerous criminals who fall in love with it almost immediately. Two hapless friends encounter Keanu and infiltrate the criminal underground of Los Angeles in order to get him back, even though they are the goofiest dudes around and try to New Jack City their way through the long con. It's a really funny movie that never would've worked without these two.
As I said before, the star of the film is the chemistry between Key and Peele. Watching them play off each other is hilarious, especially when they're trying to sound like hardcore gangbangers. Key's character Clarence's obsession with George Michael is a great running gag and the scene where he gets the Blips to like his music convinced me this was a solid comedy. Also, props to Keanu Reeves for providing the voice of Keanu the cat during the drug trip scene. Makes me wonder what he thought of the movie.
I never had any doubt this was going to be funny and I'm glad I was right. I wish Key and Peele all the success in the world with anything they do, and I especially hope they do more movies like this. It's well-written, well-acted, and features impeccable comedic timing that all help make Keanu one of the funniest films of the year.