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A tough cop enlists the aid of an Uber driver to take down a criminal.

Review by Ben Peyton

Directed by: Michael Dowse

Starring: Kumail Nanjiani, Dave Bautista, Natalie Morales, Betty Gilpin, Mira Sorvino, Iko Uwais, Jimmy Tatro

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Dave Bautista’s gruff, grizzled grumpy cop, Vic, is a man on a mission. Fuelled by revenge, he’s been hunting criminal Teijo (Iko Uwais) for several months and finally begins to get somewhere when an informant tells him of an upcoming drug deal that Teijo’s overseeing. Vic plans to step in, stop him and save the day.


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All fairly straightforward, but not if you factor in that Vic has literally just had laser-eye surgery and is crashing around like Mr Magoo on steroids. Unable to think clearly, let alone see clearly, he enlists the help of Uber driver Stu (Kumail Nanjiani). Stu’s desperate to hold on to his four-star rating and protect the electric car he’s leased, and so reluctantly becomes Vic’s unofficial partner in a bid to take Teijo down.

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What follows is an often predictable, but occasionally hilarious action comedy, held together by superb performances from the two leads, particularly Nanjiani, whose turn is worth the admission fee alone. His high-energy exasperation and impeccable comic timing are the driving force of this film and prove the perfect foil for Bautista’s determined, technologically incompetent law enforcer.


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Writer Tripper Clancy’s script is frustratingly inconsistent. He explores Vic’s damaged relationship with his daughter (played with gusto by Natalie Morales) and amid all the mayhem, there are moments of surprising tenderness and affection, but sometimes the gags fail to hit the mark. There are only so many times Vic can walk into things or bash his head before it stops being funny and there’s a sub-plot involving Stu’s love interest, Jessica (Betty Gilpin), that’s purely there to aid his character development and doesn’t warrant any emotional investment at all. Indeed, Jessica isn’t in any way likeable and her relationship with Stu isn’t one to root for.


stuber review

As with many "buddy" action comedy films, the twists are predictable and the ending is telegraphed way before it happens, but that doesn't matter because the hard work and effort put in to the build-up make allowances for that.

Stuber doesn’t bring anything new to the table, but what it does bring is just under two hours of daft entertainment and one performance worthy of a five-star rating.

Stuber comes to UK DVD November 18th.




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