Coffee & Kareem

An inept Detroit cop must team up with his girlfriend’s foul-mouthed young son when their first crack at bonding time uncovers a criminal conspiracy.

Year: 2020
Certificate: 15
Director: Michael Dowse
Starring: Ed HelmsTaraji P. HensonTerrence Little GardenhighBetty Gilpin

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Meet James Coffee. A bumbling cop who not only is terrible at his job but is seemingly disliked by most people. The one person who does like James is his new girlfriend Vanessa. His new love doesn’t come alone and is followed and ‘protected’ by her little angel Kareem a 12-year-old gangsta wannabe who plots their relationship breakup and, if possible, plans to keep Coffee away from his mom forever.

When trying to convince criminal fugitive Orlando Johnson to scare James enough to send him packing, Kareem accidentally walks into the wrong room at the wrong time and sees Orlando killing a cop. Now on the run from the bad guys, Kareem turns to the only person that can protect him and his mother….. Officer James Coffee.

I really wanted to like this film. The premise is a little overused, but I like Ed Helms and the trailer looked amusing. Sadly this is one of those occasions that the trailer pretty much shows the funniest bits and leaves nothing for the film itself.

The film offers nothing new. The jokes are old and some might say not funny at all, but of course, it’s up to the viewer to decide that. If you’re not comfortable with borderline racism, you may want to avoid “Coffee and Kareem”. Most jokes that are aimed at the colour of the character’s skin are lighthearted but still could make some uncomfortable – even if most of the jokes are aimed at how stupid the white guy is.

Nobody really pulls out a great performance. The comedy is pretty much painted by numbers and it’s never a good comedy movie when you get to a certain point in the movie and realise you haven’t actually laughed in the last 20 minutes.

Maybe this film just didn’t suit my sense of humour or maybe I just wasn’t in the mood for a comedy and I should give this another go. As always these reviews are just the opinion of the writer, so you should, of course, have your own opinion, but “Coffee and Kareem” (other than the clever wordplay in the title) just wasn’t worth the near 90 minutes run time.

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