Stuber (15)


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What we have here is an action-comedy about an Uber driver named Stu. Hence the title, Stuber. In case you were wondering.

Stitching together every bromance action cliché this side of Jump Street, the concept is simple. Dave Bautista is Vic, a tough-as-nails cop, recovering from eye surgery; he is forced to hire a repressed, nice-guy Uber driver named Stu (Kumail Nanjiani) to escort him around as he chases down a ruthless drug lord. It’s basically Michael Mann’s Collateral reimagined as a gross-out comedy.

There’s a likably cartoonish juxtaposition between Bautista, best known as the hulking Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy, and Nanjiani (The Big Sick), who traffics in witty neurosis and beta-male banter. Since Vic can’t see well, Stu is left to serve as his eyes, resulting in a pantomime dynamic in which Bautista embodies brute force while Nanjiani nimbly tries to direct the aggro cop’s rage in the right direction. They make for a surprisingly effective team — resulting in a bloody series of henchman-dropping headshots. The action is blunt, and the humour is about as low-brow as you can get, but the sheer bravado of Stu makes it for one hell of a ride. (Jack Whiting)