Stuber is a buddy cop film revolving around Stu (Kumail Nanjiani) as an Uber driver who finds himself driving around an intense and intimidating cop named Vic (Dave Bautista) who just had lasik surgery and got a lead of a case that has haunted him since his partner’s death.
First off, the chemistry between Nanjiani and Baustista is electric. I really liked how there was an underlying message about masculinity and what it means to be a man. Though I think Bautista tries a bit to hard to convey how he is a “tough guy,” also for someone supposedly blind for the time being, he actually “sees” pretty well in some instances in the film. Nanjiani was the better part of the duo in my opinion because of his comedic timing, though I wasn’t a big fan of the subplot between him and a girl he’s pining for.
There are definitely many over the top moments in the film and you do question why Stu keeps sticking around when all this craziness is suddenly thrown onto him. He could have easily left Vic behind at various times. Stuber does also manage to keep the 80s buddy cop vibe. But unless you’re a big fan of action comedies, I would suggest seeing this at home rather than at the theater. Not that the film isn’t enjoyable, but there’s really not anything that makes it stand out in a theater.
Overall, Stuber is fun film. It’s not a great movie but it will keep you entertained. And you can tell that Nanjiani and Bautista had a fun time doing the film. I give Stuber a B-
Stuber will be released on July 12, 2019.