Confession: I have never seen Key and Peele, the TV show. Friends would commonly bring up that week’s best sketch, and I just nod my head and cosign that it was funny. When in reality, I have no goddamn clue what “Liam Neesons” actually means. Same goes for any band or artist that has come to prominence in the past 2 or 3 years. “Desiigner? Yeah…sure…he’s lit, but we’re all also still listening to that one Foster The People album, right?” I’m aware of Key and Peele and enjoy their presence whenever they randomly pop up in other TV shows (i.e. the first season of Fargo), but I don’t know, sketch comedy shows rarely make it onto my DVR.
However I guess I need to go back and watch the past seasons, because Keanu (aka Key and Peele the movie) is pretty damn hilarious at times. I thought it hit a lot of the same beats Pineapple Express did in 2008 (two joe schmoes get mixed up with some criminals, violent hijinks ensue), but there’s a different spin on it. Instead of two stoners, it’s two self-aware corny suburbanites. Early on Key and Peele are led into a situation where they have to act a lot harder than they actually are and this plot point continues throughout. To me, the characters they end up embedding come off as impressions of TyRee and Lysol from Dave Chappelle’s Mad Real World sketch, and it’s easily the best part of the movie. Unsurprisingly given Key and Peele’s clout within the comedy community, lots of good cameo’s in this one. Tier 5