Starring: Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Method Man, Gabrielle Union, Will Forte
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Story: Comedy directed by Peter Atencio which follows cousins Clarence and Rell (Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele) who live in the city but are far from streetwise. After going through a tough break-up Rell takes solace in a stray kitten he finds on his doorstep and names him Keanu (named after Keanu Reeves).
However, when Keanu is stolen by gangsters Rell teams up with Clarence to impersonate ruthless killers in order to infiltrate a street gang and retrieve Keanu. But the incredibly adorable kitten becomes so coveted that the fight over his custody creates a gang war, forcing Rell and Clarence to take the law into their own hands.
Verdict: For the most part this is a very funny movie and this is mostly due to Key and Peele’s chemistry. Yes, the plot is very much by the numbers and by the third act it loses it’s comedic steam and moves more into an action orientated and loses some of it’s charm.
Best Quotes (Total Quotes: 15)
[Clarence call Rell as he’s driving]
Clarence: Hey, man. How are you? How are you doing?
Rell: Nothing makes sense anymore.
Clarence: Are you okay?
Rell: Maisy broke up with me.
[Rell hears a car meowing, opens his front door to see a cute little kitten on his doorstep]
[Clarence goes over visit Rell]
Clarence: Rell? It’s gonna be okay.
Rell: You’re right, Clarence. I want you to meet Keanu.
[he pulls back the cover to reveal the kitten]
Clarence: No! Oh, my God, that’s the cutest cat I’ve ever seen in my life!
[coming back home on a rainy night]
Clarence: Why is your door open?
[Rell rushes inside]
Rell: Keanu? Keanu!
[Clarence holds up Keanu’s name tag indicating the kitten’s been taken]
Clarence: I’m sorry.
Neighbor: Oh, what’s up, bro?
Rell: I’m here because my place got broken into. Has anyone shady come by here?
Neighbor: I mean, there’s Seventeenth Street Blips.
Clarence: The Seventeen Street Blips. Okay, where are they?
Neighbor: Seventeenth Street.
Clarence: Let’s just go check it out, what’s the worst that could happen?
[inside a strip club]
Rell: One beer, please?
Clarence: I’ll take a white wine spritzer.
Rell: Clarence, Clarence, Clarence!
Rell: You can’t talk like that here.
Clarence: Then we really are in trouble because you sound like John Ritter all the time.
Rell: Well, I beg to differ, nigger.
Clarence: You went straight to the “N” word.
Hi-C: You niggers in the right place?
[Clarence suddenly turns and with an authoritative voice replies]
Clarence: Damn, we’re in the light place, nigger!
[in a meeting with the gangster that’s stolen Keanu]
Clarence: We’re in the market now for like a gangster pet, so.
Gangster: The fuck?
Clarence: [to Rell] I am not breaking the law. We just feed them some bullshit about New Jack City and then we get Keanu.
Hi-C: You ain’t never seen nobody get killed before?
Rell: I’ve seen people get killed before.
Clarence: [to Rell] Keanu needs you, I need you.
Maisy: Where are you?
Clarence: Shit. Where do you think my idea fun was?
Maisy: Why are you talking to me like that?
Clarence: I talk like that sometimes.
Gangster: Why do you drive this weak-assed van?
Clarence: You want to never get pulled over again, you drive an inconspicuous family vehicle.
Clarence: Here, kitty, kitty!
Bud: Check it, bug shots.
[pulls up his shirt to show several bullet wounds on his stomach]
Gangster #1: So what you got?
[he pulls up his shirt to show the stiches]
Clarence: Appendix. Bleow! They took it out of my body.
[taking Clarence’s phone]
Gangster #1: Let’s see what we got here.
[he hit play on the phone and it starts playing George Michael’s “Freedom”]
Gangster #1: What the fuck is this?
Clarence: Oooooh, shit, niggers. This my shit right here.
[he starts mouthing the words to “Freedom”]
Total Quotes: 15