‘Stuber’ Is Utterly Hilarious

Courtesy of 20th Century Fox
Courtesy of 20th Century Fox

An enjoyable buddy-cop takeoff, Stuber is absolutely hilarious and worth seeing.

The film opens with Los Angeles cops Victor “Vic” Manning (Dave Bautista) and Sarah Morris (Karen Gillan) investigating a tip about the location of drug lord Oka Teijo (Iko Uwais). After finding him, a chase ensues, and Oka winds up shooting Sarah. She dies at the scene, and Vic is left with a sizable amount of guilt what happened. Months go by and Oka, who escaped, is still nowhere to be found.

After being informed the case is being taken over by the FBI, Vic is upset but has no recourse; that‘s until an informant calls out of the blue and tips him off regarding Oka’s whereabouts. This couldn’t have happened at a worse time, as Vic has just undergone LASIK surgery and can barely see a thing. How, in this modern age, can a problem such as being unable to get from Point A to Point B on your own be remedied? You can probably see where this is going…

Vic’s daughter, Nicole (Natalie Morales), with whom he has a strained relationship, had downloaded the Uber app for her technologically challenged father earlier in the day and Vic decides to give it a shot. Enter mild-mannered Uber driver Stu (Kumail Nanjiani), a frequent recipient of less-than-stellar reviews from riders. Desperate to earn a five-star review to keep his job, Stu reluctantly picks up Vic and tries his best to gain the grouchy police detective’s appreciation. What follows is a series of hilarious and violent misadventures as Vic and Stu ride around Los Angeles in search of a killer.

The chemistry between Nanjiani and Bautista is palpable. Nanjiani turned in a particularly good performance, expertly painting a portrait of a man overcome with anxiety who manages to find his voice and move forward in life by the end. Clocking in at only ninety-three minutes, Stuber is a relatively short film that keeps audiences comprehensively entertained throughout.

I give Stuber three out of five stars.

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