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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Badly matched "partners" bond during crises. Film delights in "comic" racism, homophobia, inappropriate behavior.
Positive Role Models
Inept nitwit rises to the occasion as he discovers his love for others. Even heroic characters have little to recommend: mistake-prone, mean-spirited, buffoonish. Stereotypical "dirty" cops are featured.
Violence & Scariness
Almost nonstop, intense, and bloody carnage. Point-blank shootings and blood-soaked deaths. Brutal fights, torture, child in peril in many scenes. Car chases, crashes, explosions. People are held captive; bodies fall, narrow escapes, vicious threats and menace. Boy accuses parental figure of sexual abuse, including rape (meant to be ridiculously funny). A discussion about torture (cutting off ear versus tongue).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One interrupted sexual encounter: an adult couple, fully clothed, engages in exaggerated foreplay. Female backsides are shown from male viewpoint in several scenes. Males, including a 12-year-old, leer at scantily dressed women in a strip club. Graphic sexual references, innuendo, sexual put-downs. Boy accuses parental figure of sexual abuse.
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Continuous profanity, pointedly coming from the mouth of a 12-year-old boy, as well as from grown-ups. The film's ostensible "humor" is based on the boy's inappropriate behavior and raunchy language. "F--k," "s--t," "d--k," "p---y," "ass," "bitch," "penis," as well as racial and graphic homophobic jokes. The "N" word is heard in rap lyrics.
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Products & Purchases
Starbucks, Netflix, and Amazon are referenced.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Large-scale illegal drug sales are at root of plot. Cocaine and unidentified pills are ingested. Drug busts go awry; cocaine explodes from bags, covering characters in the white powder. The adult hero gets high.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Coffee & Kareem aims for laughs at the inappropriateness of a 12-year-old's graphic profanity and obnoxious behavior, as well as at the stupidity and ineptitude of its adult players. Viewers will see top-to-bottom excessive violence: gunfights, deaths, point-blank shootings, car chases, abductions, savage beatings, narrow escapes. The boy is frequently in danger. Both men and women engage in the brutality. A boy accuses a parental figure of sexual abuse, including rape (meant to be ridiculously funny). There's continuous explicit language: countless uses of "f--k," "d--k," "p---y," "s--t," "penis," "bitch," along with multiple references to anal sex. In addition, there are gay jokes and racial jokes, and the "N" word is heard in the rap music score. Drug cartels, drug-dealing, and drug use are at the heart of the plot. Cocaine is ingested, as are unidentified pills. The adult hero gets high. This movie, with its "kid-friendly" premise -- a boy and man bond during a high-stakes adventure -- is definitely not for kids. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Working with a worn-out premise, repellent characters, brutal violence, and continuous profanity, this movie is a prime example of farce, in this case, "low" comedy that hits rock bottom early on. Ed Helms, who is also credited as a producer, relishes his role as an incompetent bonehead, but it's a real contest between him and an obnoxious 12-year-old for both screen time and laughs that don't land. Everything and everybody is exaggerated: Victims are riddled with bullets, the savage fight scenes go on longer after the conquered would be pulp. And it's all meant to be funny.
On a positive note, at least a few of the action sequences in Coffee & Kareem are well shot. Other than that, there are a few funny moments, and Betty Gilpin's performance as a depraved police officer is so unhinged that it works.
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