‘Coffee & Kareem’ Review: Netflix’s Raunchy Buddy Comedy Never Quite Kicks In

‘Coffee & Kareem’ Review: Netflix’s Raunchy Buddy Comedy Never Quite Kicks In
For anyone who hasn’t gotten their fill of Betty Gilpin maniacally screaming while brandishing a deadly weapon this year — and, no, even with the actress’ outstanding performance in “The Hunt” already available to watch in your own home, you have not yet gotten your fill — Michael Dowse’s uneven “Coffee & Kareem” at least offers that in heady doses. The “Stuber” and “Goon” filmmaker has decamped for Netflix for his latest feature, a raunchy, foul-mouthed buddy comedy about mismatched maybe-pals that never quite lives up to its caffeine-infused title.

Diverting enough at just under 90 minutes, “Coffee & Kareem” likely won’t do for the R-rated comedy that other Netflix offerings have done for the rom-com, but a strong finale helps end thing things on a high point. And while the film is understandably concerned with its titular characters — Ed Helms as straight-edge Detroit cop James Coffee, young star Terrence Little Gardenhigh
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