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Key & Peele go gangster in order to save their kitten in “Keanu”!

Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele are the Comedy Central sketch comedy duo “Key & Peele” and now are hitting the big screen with the new “gangsta” comedy “Keanu”. Keanu also stars rapper Method man, Nia Long and Will Forte.

Rell Williams (Peele) is depressed after his girlfriend left him. Clarence Goobril (Key), metro –sexual, husband, father of two and best friend of Rell plans a guy’s weekend to lift his spirits. Rell hears a scratch at his door and finds the cutest kitten there and he immediately names Keanu. Clarence arrives to a smiling Rell and meets his new little buddy Keanu.

The guys go out and catch a movie only to return to Rell’s house to find it robbed and Keanu gone. The boys go see Hulka (Forte), Rell’s weed dealer and next door neighbor. He tells them that the Blips (a gang that the Crips and Bloods won’t take) may have taken Keanu. Rell and Clarence go down to the strip club to meet Cheddar (Method Man), leader of the Blips.

Rell and Clarence are mistaken for two assassins known as the Allentown boys (an urban version of the Boondock Saints also played by Key & Peele) and welcomed into the Blips by Cheddar. He agrees to give them back his gang kitten if they show his crew how they do business in Allentown. Rell takes Hi-C (Tiffany Haddish) on the drug deal while Clarence has the rest of the gang listening to George Michael in the minivan escape vehicle. Following a game of truth or dare with Anna Farris and her Hollywood pals that ends with gun fire, Rell and Hi-C get the cash and the Blips return to party at the club. Clarence lets loose and smokes a crack pipe and has a hallucination of Keanu speaking to him (with the voice of Keanu Reeves) with quotes from the Matrix and Bill and Ted! This is the funniest part of the film!!

Keanu was a surprise. It was funnier than I expected from the trailers. That being said, “Keanu” suffers from the same problem many sketch comedy bits turned into 90 minute movies do…..long filler gaps that aren’t funny. The laughs in Keanu are good but too few and far between! Fans of Key & Peele will like the film but if you are looking for a comedy this weekend catch it at a bargain matinee or wait for DVD!

Rated R (Language, Violence, Drugs and Nudity)

Rating: 3 out of 6

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