ATLANTA — After dominating “Comedy Central” for more than a decade with their hilarious hi-jinks and unique brand of comedy, national joke phenomenons Keye and Peele (Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele) are bringing their act to the big screen in the laugh-filled film “Keanu.”
Only Key and Peele could possess the skill, screen charisma and sheer audacity to transform the idea of a kitten caper into a major motion picture and make it work. And the pair have embarked on a mini-national tour to promote the romp, which also stars rap legend Method Man of the iconic 90s group Wu Tang Clan, bronze bombshell Nia Long (Boyz N the Hood, Love Jones, The Best Man) and Jason Mitchell (who should have gotten award nominations for his brilliant and uncanny portrayal of Eazy E in the blockbuster Straight Outta Compton).
The undisputed “King of the South,” aka rap impresario T.I. (“The Family Hustle”) hosted the red carpet affair that also featured the likes of singers Keri Hilson and Demetria McKinney, Sarah Lowe and Tahlia Brown of “Selling it on the ATL,” Egypt Sherrod, DJ Mike Jackson and many others.
The movie breakdown works like this: Recently dumped by his girlfriend, slacker Rell (Jordan Peele) finds some happiness when a cute kitten winds up on his doorstep. After a heartless thief steals the cat, Rell recruits his cousin Clarence (Keegan-Michael Key) to help him retrieve it. They soon learn that a thug named Cheddar (Method Man) has the animal, and he’ll only give it back if the two men agree to work for him. Armed with guns and a gangster attitude, it doesn’t take long for the hapless duo to land in big trouble.
Take a look at the photographic highlights from the “Keanu” red carpet by flipping the e-page: