Dan Skip Allen
Over the years we’ve seen quite a few buddy cop comedies or a cop teams up with some oddball or neurotic stranger or nervous weirdo. Stuber is no exception. It takes from so many other buddy cop films such as 48 hrs, Beverly Hills Cop and the Lethal Weapon franchises. There is always a tough cop character and a not so tough sidekick. Dave Bautista portrays Detective Vic a grizzled veteran of the LAPD. Kumiel Nanjiani portrays Stu, a neurotic Uber driver. Get it Stu and Uber together make Stuber.
Like most cop films the lead has a case that he or she has never let go of or just couldn’t solve. That’s the case here as well. When Vic gets a whiff that an old nemesis of his is back in town up to his old ways he wants nothing better then to bring him to justice. The problem is he can’t see and he needs a driver. That’s where Stu comes in. He picks him up and all hell breaks loose. Stu just wants a five star rating though. He’s not up for all the craziness that’s about to insue. Every buddy cop trope is thrown into this film and it’s glorious. And laugh out loud hilarious.
Dave Bautista has been making some good choices with his career. Coming from a wrestling background, nobody thought he could be the next Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Nobody except him that is. His breakout role of course was Drax in the Guardians of the Galaxy films. He showed a comedic side of his personality nobody expected. Roles is a few smaller budget sci-fi action and fighting films followed. Recently he has honed his acting abilities with a couple smaller roles in Spectre, the 24th Bond film, and Blade Runner 2049. Stuber is a first for him though. He’s got to carry an entire film with only one other. That one other is Kumiel Nanjiani. He is a stand up comedian turned actor. His big break was on Silicon Valley. Then he wrote a story and starred in the film about his and his wife’s life The Big Sick. This was the breakout role for him. He is everywhere this year. CBS’s The Twilight Zone, Men in Black International, where he voices a little alien. These two are the team I didn’t know I needed until I saw Stuber.
Michael Dowse isn’t a huge name in the directing circles but he has directed one little indie gem I loved called What if starring Daniel Radcliffe and Kazan. This was a delightful film. It’s nothing like Stuber though. He really packs this film full of hilarity and jaw dropping moments. The awkward team of Bautista and Nanjiani are perfect together. The chemistry they bring to the film is infectious and very enjoyable to watch from beginning to end. Stuber is the funniest movie I’ve seen in years. In a year with a few other good comedies it stands out as the best. If you want a fun time at the theater and just want to sit back and relax and laugh then Stuber is the film for you. See Stuber immediately. It’s a buddy cop comedy that I didn’t really know I needed and now I can’t wait to see it again.
Dan Skip Allen