Saturday, April 30, 2016


Plot: Rell (Jorden Peele) finds a cute kitten on his doorstep and adopts him. He goes to visit his friend Clarence (Keegan-Michael Key), and when they comes back to Rell's house, it has been burglarized. Their neighborhood drug dealer says that the boss drug dealer Cheddar (Method Man) robbed his house and took the cat. Rell and Clarence, who are middle class black men, impersonate tough guys from the hood to get the kitten back. They end up telling big lies to boost their cred, and soon are delivering drugs to rich clients with the tough but cute Hi-C (Tiffany Haddish.) Thinks go poorly and soon many thugs are chasing them. This leads to a plot twist, and in the end everyone gets their just deserts.  [imdb]    [photos]

Review: Good parts and bad parts. I liked the Clarence character. I liked his fast talking lies, and his background intellectualism. Gotta like rocking out to George Michael.  As you can imagine, most of the movie is sitcom action about two normal guys pretending to be the toughest of the tough guys. Some was funny, but some was cringeworthy -- watching our heroes do such stupid stuff. Cringeworthy gags can be fun, but this got repetitive.

The kitten gimmick was clever with all the tough guy posturing, gun-play, and high body count the movie could be too heavy to be funny, but every time a tough guy would pick up the tiny kitten -- the whole movie instantly got ridiculous again.

I liked the ending too. Not too Hollywood, but Hollywood enough. 

Cast: Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Tiffany Haddish

Directed by:
Peter Atencio

Written by:
Jordan Peele, Alex Rubens

The Music:
Never noticed it. I sure there was some. I liked the George Michael lip-sync.

The Visuals:
 The violence isn't bloody. I wonder how they got the cat to do all that.

2.0 stars; I had fun at the theater, what more do you want? The humor was a little repetitive, but the characters were likable. 

More: There were seven kittens used in the production, boys and girls.

Even More: .