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Keanu

Year: 2016
Studio: New Line Cinema
Director: Peter Atencio
Writer: Jordan Peele/Alex Rubens/Jamie Schaecher
Cast: Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key. Method Man, Nia Long, Will Forte, Luis Guzmán

I didn't know much about Key and Peele before watching this movie and hadn't seen any of their work, but this made me a convert – not necessarily because of the story or the jokes in themselves – but because of the comic camaraderie of the leads.

In the same way, the Horrible Bosses films were kind of middling studio comedies but they were made way better because of the perfect casting – Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day bounced off each other so well it was like they'd been doing it for years.

Key and Peele have the same thing (and apparently they have been doing it for years), so it's in the moments where they do their thing that Keanu shines. They also hold their own in scenes they don't share, Keegan-Michael Key in particular standing out as the whitest black guy pretending to be a gangsta.

They play good natured, goofy and kind of ineffectual best friends Rell and Clarence, the former having lost all interest in life after a breakup, the latter a bit of a limp rag as a husband and Dad no matter how loving he is.

Rell finds himself the adopted father of a kitten he calls Keanu that brings meaning back into his world, but when his place is broken into and Keanu kidnapped because they mistake his apartment for that of his dealer who lives across the hall, he begs Clarence to help him retrieve his new reason for living.

They find their way to the strip bar the crime boss frequents to ask for their kitten back, but soon find they have to pose as two gangbangers who are much tougher than they really are to stay alive.

They have to maintain the façade much longer than they want to as they delve deeper into the world of drugs, guns and gangs, and while it's far from a new idea in a Hollywood comedy, it's such a pleasure watching the two stars at work it more than makes up for the eye-rolling plot.

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