Directed by Michael Dowse, the filmmaker behind the underrated comedies Goon and What If, and written by Shane Mack, the film stars Ed Helms as a police officer named James Coffee who has newly struck up a relationship with a woman named Vanessa (Taraji P. Henson).
But when Kareem and James are both witnesses to a drug deal gone wrong, the mismatched duo are forced to go on the run throughout Detroit and work together if they have any chance of surviving. This movie has all the makings of a hit comedy, and yet this trailer is. underwhelming to say the least.
It possible this is just a bad trailer and the movie itself is actually great, but it also possible this is another underwhelming Netflix original effort.
Which is a shame, because we know the streaming service is capable of producing great films (see: Marriage Story, Roma, The Irishman). They are nailing the Oscar dramas, but I do not think they have quite cracked the code of producing great commercial movies just yet. The film also stars Betty Gilpin, Ron Reaco Lee, Andrew Bachelor, and David Alan Grier.
Coffee & Kareem will be released on Netflix on April 3rd. For a full list of upcoming Netflix movies, click here.