Director: Michael Dowse
Writer: Tripper Clancy
Starring: Dave Bautista, Kumail Nanjiani, Iko Uwais, and more.
Figured I’d do something a little different this time around and create something I call a quickshot. These will be brief break downs of movies in a less structured style compared to my normal reviews. For the first of the Oberrated Quickshot series, Kumail Nanjiani and Dave Bautista’s film, “Stuber”.
“Stuber” stars local large man Dave Bautista and rising funny man, Kumail Nanjiani. The two combine for a fine buddy-cop relationship which bodes well for “Stuber”. However, beyond a half decent chemistry, is the film any good? Well… I guess? On one end, “Stuber” is a pure comedy at its core. A story that does not really matter, outrageous moments that either work or are passable, and performances that matter and the ones we will forget. Admittedly, maybe this is not the best outlook already for “Stuber” but fear not, it’s still kind of okay.
Bautista and Kumail, first off, work very well together. Bautista as rough and tough cop, Vic Manning, is quite hilarious. He hits his lines well and delivers comedy gold in more moments than one. Kumail hits similarly to Bautista (maybe not physically). Kumail has been excellent in just about every film I have seen him in and his rise in Hollywood excites me. The two jar back and forth with each other and is a comedy argument I could watch for hours.
“Stuber” as a whole though was not all that much to keep me excited. The story flip-flopped my attention throughout its entirety. Some moments had me laughing and involved but plenty more moments I merely coasted through, waiting for Bautista to yell at Kumail again or Kumail say some snarky comment to Bautista, whichever came first. The story did not invest me much. The love story and ultimately the big revelation Kumail comes to did nothing for me. Lastly, the R rating provides some additional fun in the form of violence and allowing Bautista to run wild but still, the lasting effect of these scenes only work for so long.
It is a fun movie, for sure, but no where near anything that needs to go down into the history books. For fans of Bautista and Kumail’s career, it will surely be something you want to see in the comfort of your home for a time killer. For fans of Iko Uwais, don’t bother. His talent is virtually wasted again. Otherwise, meh.
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