Review: Coffee & Kareem

Title: Coffee & Kareem
MPAA Rating: TV-MA
Director: Michael Dowse
Starring: Ed Helms, Taraji P. Henson, Terrence Little Gardenhigh
Runtime: 1 hr 28 mins

What It Is: When Vanessa (Henson) begins dating an Officer Coffee (Helms). This does not sit well with her teenage son Kareem (Gardenhigh). Who has a plan to utilize notorious rapper/drug dealer Orlando Johnson (RonReaco Lee) to scare the crap out of Coffee…or more. Meanwhile, Coffee is part of why Johnson is currently on the loose. This leads to a madcap dash to find Johnson and return him to justice…oh and maybe not die.

What We Think: This is absolute bottom barrel garbage. Ed Helms is never interesting and that continues here. Taraji P. Henson deserves better because she’s a goddess and a queen. Gardenhigh isn’t always an annoyance. Sometimes child protagonists ARE annoying on a consistent beat. He doesn’t have that going on. As for the plot, it’s a standard “bumbling idiot saves the day”. Rinse and repeat you know what this film is. There’s nothing here. It’s a hollow vessel of bad jokes and tired cliches. Betty Gilpin is lovely and wasted here in her role. Maybe see her in the much better The Hunt.

Our Grade: D, Some will find this brand of low-thought comedy an absolute riot. These people are the same ones you’ll find super digging That’s My Boy and graduating from junior high this year. This in a nutshell is a bad film. Made by a guy who made a decent buddy cop film in Stuber and a GREAT film in What If… this isn’t your fault! Was he held at gunpoint or something? Just not what I would’ve expected from Dowse. I know whatever he does next will be better than this thing. Skip this. There’s a ton of other stuff to watch on Netflix. Just pick almost anything else.

Subscribe via Email

Dig Our Reviews? Stay Update by putting your email in the box below. Stay Snobby

Join 1,884 other subscribers

Like Us On Facebook!