Stuber review

Stuber is an over-the-top buddy cop comedy that has many plot holes but is laugh out loud funny.

Stuber is the story of an LAPD detective, Vic Manning played by Dave Bautista, that is on the trail of his long-time rival drug dealer, Oka Tedjo played by Iko Uwais. Vic meets Uber driver Stu, played by Kumail Nanjiani, and needs him to drive him around to crack the case. It is a very simple plot but works for the most part.

The biggest positive of Stuber is the comedy. I haven’t laughed as hard as I did in a comedy for a few years. There are some genuine laugh out loud moments that will be memorable. There is physical comedy that Bautista nails, and then there is Nanjiani with the quick one liners that hit hard. I’m not going to say that all the jokes worked because a few jokes bombed hard.

The acting is good with a few stand outs. Bautista plays a fantastic doofus but can turn on the intensity with a snap of a finger. The physical comedy he pulls off because of a circumstance in the movie is very clever and it works. Nanjiani is quickly becoming one of my favorite comedic actors in Hollywood. His role in HBO’s Silicon Valley is gold. He shines with the back and forth comedy, and his dead pan demeanor. His jokes come quick, and a lot of them work but there are some that fall super flat.

The supporting cast has some gems in it as well. Jimmy Tatro plays Stu’s boss and is hilarious in all his scenes, a scene stealer for sure. Betty Gilpin plays Stu’s best friend/love interest and is fine. Natalie Morales plays Vic’s daughter and is good, I hope to see her in more movies.

The score and soundtrack are excellent, and I will be downloading it for sure. I must commend the script and its writer Tripper Clancy.

The negatives of the movies are glaring. The plot gets really outrageous and gets so unbelievable at times I was rolling my eyes. I understand it is supposed to over-the-top, but I was hoping for it to be a little more grounded. The villains are very cliché and there is a twist that you have seen a million times.

I loved the violence in the movie and Stuber earns its R rating. The action in the movie is filmed bad though. It is a lot of shaky cam and it gets old quick. The camera work really takes away from the fight scenes and is jarring.

Overall, Stuber was fun movie and I was laughing a lot which is the goal of a summer comedy. I definitely think you can wait for this to come to blu ray or go to the theater on a discount day.

 

7/10

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