Stuber, a Jackass infused take on the Buddy Cop genre, is now in theaters and offering up plenty of laughs. Dave Bautista continues to surprise with his acting talents, while Kumail Nanjiani excels at his now iconic brand of cutting humor. Things start off a bit wonky, but once these two team up for an Uber ride from hell, the laughs truly don’t start until you leave the theater.
You can check out my full review below in video or scripted formats.
“Hey now fans of Drax, Matt Heywood here to review Stuber, or what I like to call a silly, but funny AF buddy cop movie that I hope gets a sequel.
One of the main driving forces behind me checking out Stuber was Dave Bautista, who I’ve come to appreciate as an actor since his turn as Drax, and while he felt a bit off during the film’s opening act, he hit his straight man comedic stride once his character Vic teamed up with Kumail Nanjiani’s Stu.
This unlikely duo provides for multiple laugh out loud moments as their uber ride from hell plays out over the course of the film’s final 2.5 acts. Their interactions and comedic timing are impeccable, and while Bautista mostly plays the straight man for Kumail’s extremely witty talents, he also elicits more than a few laughs, especially with his physical comedy.
In fact, there’s a sporting goods store scene between Vic and Stu that I honestly missed parts of due to laughing so hard, which is due to both of these guys, and probably their stunt doubles, pulling off a hilarious round of physical comedy that had a Jackass feel to it.
The physical comedy is no joke, but thanks to Kumail, the spoken comedy is also a gem. His dry delivery is so cutting, yet perfect for his character and his odd relationship with a hulking detective. He and Dave just work perfectly together, and the silly premise they’re put in of a cop needing an Uber driver to hunt down a drug dealer just sets up comedic moment after comedic moment.
Stuber’s plot overall is a bit forgettable, but the narrative is extremely fun none the less, and I appreciated the R-rated violence. The whole mystery behind Vic’s mission is secondary to the relationship between he and Stu, so I didn’t mind the rather mundane story. It does manage to wrap with a bit of a tale on emotional growth, so while Stuber mostly shines with its comedy, it does offer a decent life lesson or two in a roundabout, silly way.
Pro critics may be too high brow for Stuber, but I found its humor to be overly enjoyable, and the duo of Dave Bautista and Kumail Nanjiani is undeniably hilarious. It’s an 8 out of 10 type of comedy to me. If you’re in need of a night of laughs and a fun flick, then add Stuber to your to do list.
Thanks for watching, I’m Matt Heywood signing off for EntertainmentBuddha.com, where we make you a better geek, one post at a time.”
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