‘Coffee & Kareem’ Trailer: Ed Helms & Taraji P. Henson in Wild Netflix Action-Comedy


Netflix has released the trailer for upcoming comedy feature Coffee & Kareem, starring Ed Helms, Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Little Gardenhigh.

Helms plays James Coffee, a police office dating single mum Vanessa (Henson), a fact that her 12-year-old son, Kareem (Gardenhigh), absolutely detests. The boy attempts to hire a gang to take the cop out, but inadvertently exposes a crime network and makes his family the gang’s next target. Of course, Kareem and Coffee are forced to team up in a chase across Detroit.

It’s not all that original an idea, but I think it looks surprisingly fun. This adult-comedy could have a good amount of laughs with those – yes, highly familiar – age and race jokes, plus there’s an enjoyable cast. The film’s directed by Michael Dowse, who directed the fantastic 2011 comedy Goon and last year’s Dave Bautista and Kumail Nanjiani okay two-hander Stuber (our review of that one is HERE). It’s the first feature credit for screenwriter Shane Mack, who’s previously written and directed shorts.

Coffee & Kareem, also starring Betty Gilpin, RonReaco Lee, Andrew Bachelor (aka King Bach) and David Alan Grier, will be hitting Netflix on April 3.

Check out the trailer, then scroll further down to check out some of the film’s posters, which riff on some classics such as Die Hard and Beverly Hills Cop.

Official synopsis for Coffee & Kareem:

While police officer James Coffee (Ed Helms) enjoys his new relationship with Vanessa Manning (Taraji P. Henson), her beloved 12-year-old son Kareem (Terrence Little Gardenhigh) plots their break-up. Attempting to scare away his mom’s boyfriend for good, Kareem tries to hire criminal fugitives to take him out but accidentally exposes a secret network of criminal activity, making his family its latest target. To protect Vanessa, Kareem teams up with Coffee — the partner he never wanted — for a dangerous chase across Detroit. From director Michael Dowse (Stuber, Goon), COFFEE & KAREEM is an action-comedy about forging unexpected bonds, one four-letter insult at a time. Co-starring Betty Gilpin, RonReaco Lee, Andrew Bachelor and David Alan Grier.


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Guillermo, Founder and Manager of Screen Realm, lives and breathes all things screen and pop culture. He has over eight years' experience in the media landscape in a career that has encompassed television, radio, and the online space. When he's not working hard on Screen Realm, you can find him at a local Sydney cinema or catching up on his ever-growing list of must-watch TV shows.