2. Coffee & Kareem
Release Year: 2020
Directed By: Michael Dowse
Starring: Ed Helms, Taraji P. Henson, Terrence Little Gardenhigh, Betty Gilpin, King Bach, RonReaco Lee, David Alan Grier
Release Date: Friday, April 3
If it’s been said once, it’s been said a million times: We need some levity right now. Everyone has their own idea of levity when it comes to entertainment, whether it’s rewatching your favorite show for the thousandth time or finally watch that show you’ve been meaning to watch for who knows how long. But we need some humor, and since we won’t be hitting the movie theater any time soon, Netflix’s new original movie premieres are all the more important. April kicks off with buddy cop comedy Coffee & Kareem, and it’s one of the month’s best new releases.
Ed Helms stars in Coffee & Kareem as Jame Coffee, a police officer who has recently gotten into a new relationship with Vanessa Manning (Taraji P. Henson). However, Vanessa’s 12-year-old son Kareem (Terrance Little Gardenhigh) has been plotting their breakup and scare away his mother’s new boyfriend. In order to pull off his scheme, Kareem intends to hire criminal fugitives to take Coffee down, but his move incidentally exposes a secret criminal network now targeting his family. Now, Coffee and Kareem muster partner up to chase these criminals around Detroit.
Coffee & Kareem comes from director Michael Dowse, who also helmed such movies as Take Me Home Tonight, Goon, The F Word and Stuber. Helms and Mike Falbo produced the film, which stars an incredible lineup of recognizable faces, including GLOW star and constant scene-stealer wherever she goes Betty Gilpin. With any luck, Coffee & Kareem will be an early win and bright spot in this long, long uncertainty of social distancing. Let Ed Helms make you laugh when his new movie premieres on Netflix on the first Friday of April.