The most troubling things about Keanu are also the best things about it. The movie is named after the adorable escaped pet of a Mexican drug lord, and the poster is of said kitten, but it's real draw is clear: Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key, the comedy duo from the gone-too-soon sketch show Key and Peele and the not-gone-soon-enough MADtv.
Key (the bald, tall one) plays neurotic family man Clarence, while Peele plays Relle, his desperate, recently-dumped cousin. Relle finds Keanu, only to have the cat stolen in a Lebowskian drug mix up. This sends the cousins on a quest to rescue the kitty, which involves posing as assassins, doing a terrifying drug and some cold blooded murder.
That's the first troubling/great thing: that the quest for an adorable kitten racks up a huge body count. Depending on your mood, barometric conditions and which planet is in your house, it's either disgusting or hilarious.
Thing two: the duo retread a lot of ground from their show. It's essentially a movie extrapolation of that bit about "White Sounding Black Guys," which leads to some hilarious moments, like a one-upsmanship contest of who got beaten up by tougher guys. At the same time, it's a skinny framework for carrying a movie. It would be just a C+ but Luis Guzman is in it.
Critic's Grade: B-