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Keanu (2016)

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When an L.A. drug kingpin's kitten unexpectedly enters the life of two cousins, they will have to go through gangs, hitmen and drug dealers who claim him in order to get him back.


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Rell's life is changed forever when a cute kitten comes to his door, and he names it Keanu. Unfortunately, one weekend later, Keanu is abducted by persons unknown. Now Rell and his cousin, Clarence, are men on a mission to find Keanu against the odds. Unfortunately, those odds prove to be perilously high as they find Keanu in the care of the ruthless gangster, Cheddar, and he will only part with him for a price. Now for that cute kitten, these two middle class bumblers find themselves neck deep in a dangerous alien world of drugs and gang violence with only their desperate audacity, creativity and sheer dumb luck giving them a chance to survive. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Action | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language throughout, drug use and sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 April 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cat Boys  »

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Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,453,224 (USA) (1 May 2016)


$20,566,327 (USA) (26 June 2016)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Method Man's character is named Cheddar. In the series The Wire (2002), he plays a character named Cheese. See more »


In some early scenes where Keanu is running, the running cat is obviously older and larger than the kitten seen during the rest of the film. See more »


Clarence Goobril: Oh my God, are those tiny penises? Please, Lord, let those be fingers.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening the Warner Brothers logo flies apart and becomes the New Line Cinema logo which then starts to glow like the sun. All this to ominous background music. See more »


References Scary Movie 4 (2006) See more »


Shang Tsung's Boss Music
from MORTAL KOMBAT (1992)
Composed by Dan Forden (as Daniel Forden)
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A little disappointing
24 September 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am a huge fan of Jordan Peele and Keegan Michael Key. Their Comedy Central sketch

show was refreshingly original. And this time, they have teamed up with Peter Atencio. Peter is the same director of that sketch comedy show.I was expecting more of the same type of dark and sardonic humor from this very talented and Emmy winning duo. Instead this movie is fairly wholesome. I like wholesome. There's nothing wrong with wholesome comedy. Wholesome is what Robin Williams and Jim Carey specialize in. If you look at my lists, they are on listed as my favorite comedians. However, with Keanu, I wanted to laugh more.

It's Key and Peele's foray into PG-13 comedy. It doesn't work as well trying to create jokes that appeal to a wider audience. One of the first things I felt was wrong is the idea of a man going through so much effort to rescue his pet kitten. It seems like the story would have worked better with Tina Fey or Amy Poehler and I get the concept or irony of making fun of obsessive lonely pet owners and Keegan does fine in that capacity. They switch up this time, Key has the more edgier part of duo with Jordan toning down his edgier style by playing the straight guy Rell Williams. This movie proves that Jordan is definitely a versatile performer. Keegan is great doing what he normally does.

So the story is about two best friends. Rell Wiilams an artist and a depressed over the breakup with his long time girlfriend. Until adorable Keanu show up on his doorstep.

The kitten turns out to be a runaway pet from a drug dealer whose illegal narcotic lab gets ambushed by rival cartel members. The scene plays out like the when Neo rescues Morpheus from The Matrix. Some cute slow motion movement stunts involving the stunt double scaling up a wall and doing a back-flip. And a really cute slow motion of a frightened but brave kitty trying to get away and avoid gunfire. Keanu barely makes it out of the gun fight alive. The kitty is on the run for awhile, running through a highway unscathed before eventually appearing on Rell's doorstep looking cute and cuddly. Impressive animal casting and coaching.

In love with his new pet and having a renewed self-worth Rell Williams (Jordan) begins to work productively again. That is until his apartment is broken into and Keanu is stolen, With the help of his best friend, Clarence (Keegan), they go on a search for the missing kitten by hunting down the drug lords who have custody of him. They pretend to be the infamous and feared drug lords Cartel hit men. The story then transitioned into a parody of an undercover detective buddy cop film.

There are some funny scenes and scenarios like Jordan teaching gang members about George Michael's song Father figure. And a dream sequence featuring Clarence dancing with George Michael in the video Faith.

I was expecting more laugh out loud moments otherwise the movie is just "okay" not their best but still a good start to their movie careers.

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