Coffee & Kareem Parent Guide
Streaming on Netflix: A plot designed for kids with very adult sexual content makes this a no-win movie for viewers of any age.
Parent Movie Review
Police Officer James Coffee (Ed Helms) seems to be on the right track. His career is going well, and he’s started dating Vanessa (Taraji P. Henson), for whom he realizes he might have serious feelings. The only hiccup is her son, Kareem (Terence Little Gardenhigh), who thoroughly disapproves of his mother dating a white cop. But as things start going downhill for Coffee at the police station, Kareem hatches a plan to teach Coffee a lesson for dating his mom. Unsurprisingly, this plan goes badly awry, and suddenly Coffee, Kareem, and Vanessa all find themselves pursued by the most dangerous drug dealers in Detroit, along with a shady group of corrupt cops…
I’m not sure who thought this was a good idea. The plot belongs in a kids’ movie, with a goofy premise and a “learn to get along with mom’s boyfriend” storyline, but the humor is about the raunchiest I’ve heard. What’s worse is that a lot of it comes from and is expressed around younger characters, which is just unpleasant to watch.
This is another comedy that forgot to be funny. I mean, if you find extreme profanity amusing, this is about the funniest movie I’ve ever seen. But if you want, say, a joke? Or some witty dialogue? You’re out of luck. I honestly can’t think of another movie I’ve seen that averages nearly 2 and a half “f-words” per minute and another 118 scatological curses for good measure. If that profanity doesn’t offend you, don’t worry, there’s plenty of sexual content that will. Characters of all ages use excessively graphic sexual language and there are detailed references to child sex abuse. Why on earth would anyone think this belongs in a comedy? Even one that is trying to be a drama crossover?
The cast isn’t terrible, but with that script, they never had much of a chance of being good. Betty Gilpin seems intent on being in my least favorite movies of the year, with this sad performance a follow up to her appearance in The Hunt as the abrasive Detective Watts. She was also in Stuber, which was almost as irritating as Coffee & Kareem. I’m not sure who her agent is, but she might want to consider burying them up to their neck in cement.
If you were still wondering, I don’t recommend this movie to anyone. Of any age. For any reason. The thing that really bothers me is that Netflix knows I watched and they’re going to try and recommend more of the same to me. My only hope is that, for the time being at least, I don’t think Netflix has anything else quite this bad to recommend.Directed by Michael Dowse. Starring Ed Helms, Terrence Little Gardenhigh, and Taraji P. Henson. Running time: 88 minutes. Theatrical release April 3, 2020. Updated April 10, 2020
Coffee & Kareem
Rating & Content Info
Why is Coffee & Kareem rated Not Rated? Coffee & Kareem is rated Not Rated by the MPAA
Violence: People are shot and killed throughout the movie. Individuals are severely beaten, both with fists and with various other objects. Someone is shown being tortured and one of his ears is cut off. An individual is pepper sprayed. Two people have a fight with bricks of cocaine. An individual’s hand is shot off. Someone is messily blown up by a hand grenade. A number of people are killed or graphically injured in a large explosion.
Sexual Content: Adults are shown having sex with no nudity. A man’s buttocks are seen. A child is shown peeping in a women’s change room. A child is shown at a strip club. A child is shown watching pornography off-screen. No nudity is seen in any of these instances. Adult and child characters frequently use excessively graphic sexual language. There are graphic references to child sex abuse.
Profanity: There are 216 extreme profanities, 118 scatological terms, and dozens of other profanities.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Individuals are shown cutting, using, and selling cocaine. An individual is shown taking a large number of non-specific pills and drinking a large quantity of alcohol.
Page last updated April 10, 2020
Coffee & Kareem Parents' Guide
What do you think of Kareem’s plan to get Officer Coffee out of the picture? Can you think of more appropriate ways Kareem could have found to deal with his feelings about Coffee?
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A film with a very similar plot is My Spy, which features a CIA agent whose cover is blown by a nine year old. She promises to keep his secret on one condition: that he teach her to be a spy.