Coffee and Kareem

Director: Michael Dowse
Year Released: 2020
Rating: 0.5

Disgraced police officer Coffee (Ed Helms), who botched the arrest of a criminal and let him escape, teams up with foul-mouthed middle school student Kareem (Terrence Little Gardenhigh) - the son of his girlfriend Vanessa (Taraji P. Henson) - to try to salvage his reputation.  It's fully aware of the history of mixed-race cop buddy movies that preceded it (Beverly Hills Cop for one) and yet it does nothing new with it at all (big twist: the upper-ups in the force are corrupt) - in fact, it embarrasses itself trying to be as obscene as possible to where I found myself wincing instead of laughing (which just goes to show littering a script with curse words doesn't make you Richard Pryor or Lenny Bruce).  What becomes increasingly unnerving is how Helms' patsy has to get physically and emotionally abused the entire movie just to "prove" his "value" to a single mother: you can just get back on some dating app and keep trying, Stu.