Stuber Movie Review

Posted 2019/07/131300

Full Stuber movie review. Plot : When a mild-mannered Uber driver named Stu (Kumail Nanjiani) picks up a passenger (Dave Bautista) who turns out to be a cop hot on the trail of a brutal killer, he’s thrust into a harrowing ordeal where he desperately tries to hold onto his wits, his life and his five-star rating.

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Kumail Nanjiani and Dave Bautista shouldn’t make a good pair, but they do in this offbeat buddy comedy

Adam Graham – Detroit News 1st stuber movie review

Stu drives an Uber. Hence, “Stuber.” If you’re looking for more sophistication in your comedy, you may want to look elsewhere.

But “Stuber” works, more or less, thanks to the oddball chemistry of Kumail Nanjiani and Dave Bautista.

Nanjiani has a cautious, nervous Nellie energy that is in direct opposition to the brute force of former pro wrestler Bautista, and the mixed match pairing makes for a surprisingly strong tag team. “watch Stuber free online 123movies” lives or dies on their charisma, and it mostly comes out on top.

Nanjiani (“The Big Sick“) is Stu, a hopeless sporting goods store employee who gets picked on by his boss and is afraid to tell his crush he has feelings for her. He’s a decent guy who’s not looking to in any way rock the boat.

To help make ends meet — and to raise capital for the spin gym he’s co-financing with the girl he won’t make a move on — Stu, in his spare time, drives an Uber. (The rideshare service is mentioned by name so many times the movie is basically an ad for the company.)

Bautista is Vic, an uber-tough guy cop on the trail of the gangster who killed his partner.

He’s also got bad eyesight. So after getting Lasik surgery — and this is where the plot starts to rely a little too heavily on circumstance — Vic crashes his car and is forced to call an Uber to take him on police business, and he gets Stu.

Stu, who’s had a handful of bad reviews in the past, needs to keep his rating above four stars or risk being kicked off of the platform. So Stu drives Vic around for way longer than any rational person would, while Vic holds a lousy review over his head.

The script by Tripper Clancy could use some tightening. There are simply way too many chances for Stu to leave Vic behind, and Vic has no reason to hang onto Stu as a driver, other than the movie needs them to stay together in order to exist. (That’s not a great reason.)

But brush that aside — or temporarily disable the nagging “logic” portion of your brain — and Vic and Stu have a good push-pull, opposites attract relationship, which carries “Stuber” over and above the narrative speed bumps that might bring a lesser vehicle to a halt.

Mira Sorvino — yes, the Academy Award winner — shows up as Vic’s boss, and Natalie Morales plays Vic’s daughter. But the center of the film is Stu and Vic, and director Michael Dowse (the hockey comedy “Goon”) takes liberties with his R-rating, pushing the violence and profanity levels past what would be found in an average buddy comedy.

Fred Topel – Popdust 2nd stuber movie review

But if viral Uber stories were as fun as Stuber, there’d probably be a lot more five-star reviews for both drivers and passengers.

Stu (Kumail Nanjiani) drives for Uber to make extra money while working a day job. He also has plans to cosign his friend Becca’s (Betty Gilpin) spinn business. Meanwhile, federal agent Vic (Dave Bautista) is on the trail of Tedjo (Iko Uwais), who killed his partner. The feds take the case away from Vic, but he has intel on one last drop Tedjo’s going to make.

Vic hopes he can still bring Tedjo in by himself, despite having just had Lasik eye surgery. Vic can’t see well enough to drive, although that doesn’t stop him from trying in a comic misadventure that luckily doesn’t kill anybody. So Vic resorts to ordering an Uber and promises Stu five stars if he drives him around until he captures Tedjo.

This is a fun twist on the buddy action-comedy genre, and Stuber can certainly stake its claim on being the first Uber-inspired action comedy. Uber has become such a part of our lives that it’s fun to see it represented in pop culture. The audience can appreciate the montage of Stu’s bad passengers and empathize with the racist feedback some have left him.

By comparison, “Stuber” is a relatively kind nickname. Stu is on the cusp of dropping below four stars and losing his Uber income, so it makes sense that he’d be desperate enough to take Vic’s offer.

Bautista and Nanjiani have great chemistry. It’s obvious that a lot of the jokes in the movie were improvised, with lines like “Douche Lundgren” and “Cobra Kai” making the cut. Bautista embraces the basic comedy of a temporarily blinded man being over-the-top as he gracelessly navigates his surroundings.

Still, Vic and Stu each have something to teach each other. Stu has been a doormat for everyone, from women to his bosses and his passengers. The movie makes it clear that he needs to stand up for himself. Although the pressure people put on him to tell Becca he actually loves her comes dangerously close to making Becca a prize to be won by a white knight figure. Fortunately, that narrative resolves in a way that’s fair for both Becca and Vic.

In return, Stu helps Vic see that he’s been neglecting his daughter, Nicole (Natalie Morales). In the hands of the wrong actor, Vic could be a toxic character, but Bautista is so endearing that all of his bravadoes feel like an outrageous mask for the teddy bear underneath.

Unfortunately, director Michael Dowse and cinematographer Bobby Shore decided to film the fights and chase scenes in the shakycam quick cut style beloved by directors like Paul Greengrass. As a result, the action sequences of this action comedy fall short, because you can’t follow any of the cool moves Vic uses on the bad guys.

Any fights between Bautista and The Raid legend Uwais are unfortunately obscured. Gunfights fare a little better since they’re simply shot back and forth. But the inevitable buddy brawl between Stu and Vic is so delightfully over-the-top that you can appreciate the absurdity even if the cinematography is unsteady.

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