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Keanu

Keanu
Starring:
Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key, Tiffany Haddish, Luis Guzman, Will Forte, Nia Long and Anna Frietas 


Rated: R for violence, language throughout, drug use and sexuality/nudity.
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: April 29, 2016 Released by: Warner Brothers

Everybody loves Keanu.

But this is not a film about a cuddly little kitten.  Keanu is the catalyst for a bloody shoot-um-up between gangsters and the comedy team of Key & Peele.  The opening scene is massive shoot out through which Keanu carefully and with skill traverses between flying bullets, dead bodies  and all other types of mayhem caused by the humans who all love the cat.  

The script is filled with bloody murders caused by the tiny little kitten who wanders in and out of the story capturing the hearts of gang bangers and the two "normal" guys who face death rather than give up ownership of the cat.  The premise has potential but the dialog drags and pulls the implied comedy down to a slow dragging crawl. 

When a comedy team attempts to carry a film, they often fail.  The comedian teams work only if the comic characters who play off each other are immersed in a plot which they supplement but are not central to.  Here Key & Peele are the story and they can't carry the film. 

The two meet up with FBI agents especially Hi-C (Tiffany Haddish) who becomes an ally in chasing the cat because she is after the drug dealers.  

In an over the top sequence Anna Ferris plays a rich Hollywood women (it's her) who loves drugs.  She plays the over the top role very effectively. 

Violence continues throughout and the cat moves through it all as the characters are all willing to die rather than give up on Keanu.

That's the story, nearly everyone dies except for the cute little cat who causes the disasters but little Keanu is not big enough to save the film. 

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