Coffee & Kareem Movie Review: Is This Netflix's Most Obnoxious Film To Date?
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Coffee & Kareem Movie Review: Is This Netflix's Most Obnoxious Film To Date?

Coffee & Kareem Movie Review: Expletive ridden, this is a weird film that thinks it is funny for a child to talk like garbage

  • Movie Name Coffee & Kareem(Netflix)
  • Director Michael Dowse
  • Actor Ed Helms, Terence Little Gardenhigh, Taraji P Henson
  • Rating
  • Rating 1/5 Stars

Rating: *(1 star)

How starved  are you for laughs during these trying times ? Coffee & Kareem (yup that’s the title  because  the film’s two protagonists are named James Coffee and Kareem, geddit?) presumes it is funny  for  a 12-year old boy to talk like a stinking sewage gutter .

The expletives flow and the film doesn’t let go of any opportunity to let  ‘little’ Kareem talk big shit.Kareem, as played by Terence Little Gardenhigh (who is  no Shirley Temple) is designed as a pintsized trashcan, spewing elaborate porn-prattle as  though to the filth born.  Exactly why Kareem’s  smutty mouth is  supposed to be funny is a  mystery to me. I found the  boy obnoxious on every  level. I wouldn’t suggest the rod for him because  he will  make a child-abuse  joke out of it.

Maybe anything that  signifies contempt for social  norms is supposed   to turn us on. Kareem is  that embarrassing neighbour’s  son  peeing on your  green lawn for  the heck of it.If  I was his  parent  I’d slap Kareem and put him in enforced lock-in, Coronova or no. Kareem’s mother(the talented Taraji P Henson, in a  thankless  role) is too busy making out with a middle aged  slightly daft but well-meaning cop named Coffee.

This is as good a time as any to tell you that the cop, played with unreasonable enthusiasm by Ed Helms, is named Coffee only because he will partner with 12-year-old Kareem. The title I am afraid seems  to have  been decided first. The never ending gags followed.

In one  of the opening  gags Kareem  tells his best friend,  “If  he(th cop Coffee)  f..ks my mom I f…k him back.” Ok then.

This is the best moment for viewers to flee before it’s too late. But no, we stick on watching goofy Coffee and  filthy Kareem take on sundry drug dealers and  corrupt cops through a  series of car chases and  other  time-passing plot devices that  made me wonder  if the brief  for this  orgy  of  asininity  was  this: be as  politically incorrect as possible, make  the  12-year old boy crack racist, sexist, gay and  child-abuse jokes.

Viewers  love such  torrents of trash specially when they have nowhere  to hide.

But  the best way to avoid  getting depressed at home is to shun this  piece  of incredible crassness, meant strictly for those who equate adult jokes with a good time.And a 12-year child joking about getting assualted as the height  humour. Me, I am out.

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