Film Review: <em>Coffee and Kareem</em>
Apr 11 2020

Film Review: Coffee and Kareem

By: Fritz Esker

Ed Helms plays a straitlaced Detroit cop trying to impress his new girlfriend's (Taraji P. Henson) son (Terrence Little Gardenhigh) in Coffee & Kareem. Unfortunately, the new Netflix buddy comedy is a major dud with very few laughs to be found.

After Officer Coffee picks up Kareem from school, the boy sneaks off and witnesses a murder. Soon, the mismatched duo are on the run from both drug dealers and crooked cops. The plotting is lazy. Every beat of the story is telegraphed from a mile away. The same is true of the jokes, too, which always settle for the most obvious punchlines possible. The characters have no depth beyond the single dimension they're given at the start of the film.

Even though Coffee & Kareem is only 88 minutes including the ending credits, it's so thin that it still somehow manages to seem padded and overlong. Its closest cinematic comparison is the 1993 Burt Reynolds flop Cop and a Half. As you may have guessed, that's not a compliment.

1/2 Stars (Out of Four)


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