Reviewed by J. Brad Staal
A cop who's recovering from eye surgery recruits an Uber
driver to help him catch a heroin dealer. A quick-tempered
cop who's recovering from eye surgery recruits a mild-mannered
Uber driver to help him catch the heroin dealer who murdered
his partner. The mismatched pair soon find themselves in for
a wild day of stakeouts and shootouts as they pursue violent
criminals through the seedy streets of Los Angeles.
Stuber can best be described as half buddy cop film and half
panicky perpetual loser flick. It follows Detective Vic Manning
(Dave Bautista), the classic overly focused, workaholic cop
with a vendetta against a particular bad guy. After an introduction
that sets said vendetta the story jumps ahead 6 months.
It's unclear what has been happening in that time. When it
does pick back up, it's the day of his lasik eye surgery as
well as the day of Vic's daughter's art show. We also meet
Stu (Kumail Nanjiani), an employee at a sporting goods store
that also drives an Uber to make extra money. Because his
vision is greatly impaired while recovering from surgery,
Vic's daughter sets him up with an Uber. Obviously said Uber
driver is none other than Stu, who is mockingly referred to
as Stuber by his bully of a boss.
Because Stu is trying to make money, he is worried about
getting high (5 star) reviews from his passengers. Shortly
before getting the ride Vic gets a call from an informant
about the man Vic has been hunting. This, as the trope dictates,
is right after his boss tells him to drop the case and take
a vacation.This leads to the 'meat' of the movie, the grizzled
tough cop and the inept loser that's scared of his own shadow,
chase down leads and get into numerous shootouts and car chases
in Stu's electric car that he just leased.
Don't get me wrong there are plenty of laughs and good mindless
fun. Just don't think you're getting into anything intellectual,
which I mean, why would you for a movie called Stuber? In
the spirit of the movie I give it a 3 star rating.
The Players; Dave Bautista, Kumail Nanjiani, Mira Sorvino:
Directed by Michael Dowes
Screenplay by Tripper Clancy
Released by Twentieth Century Fox