Welcome back Crunchers to another movie review! I was lucky enough to check an early viewing of Stuber! The hilarious trailers got me looking forward this action comedy starring Dave Bautista (Vic) and Kumail Nanjiani (Stu). I was worried however, that it was going to be one of those movies that was going to have all of the funny parts of the movie in the trailer. So how did it turn out? Let’s Crunch this!
Bautista and Nanjiani are an excellent duo. Their characters, Vic and Stu, have these clashing personalities that somehow managed to mesh in a fantastic way. Vic is this hardened confident tough guy that never needs help from anyone, while Stu is more timid and connected with his feelings. The way that they riff off each other is hilarious and Stu’s random 80’s references are nothing short of spectacular.
In addition to our main protagonists, Stuber had a lot of familiar faces from other movies and tv shows that made me smile instantly just from the fact that they showed up on screen. I was surprised and excited to see that Karen Gillan making an appearance along side Dave Bautista, Steve Howey (definitely the best character in Reba) showed up for a really funny scene, and Mira Sorvino (detective that replaced Shawn Spencer on Psych) was Vic’s police captain. All of these characters had very enjoyable scenes and positively added to the show’s overall tone.
The premise of the film was brilliant. An older cop that just had eye surgery and whose vision is recovering needs to be driven around town because he is on an unsanctioned mission. What could go wrong? It was a great idea and they really capitalized on it. Luckily the movie was filled with many laughs that were not shown in trailer and really had some fun action thrown in as well. Overall, I highly recommend giving it a watch Crunchers!
5 out of 5 Couch Cushions!
20th Century FOX
When a mild-mannered Uber driver named Stu (Kumail Nanjiani) picks up a passenger (Dave Bautista) who turns out to be a cop hot on the trail of a brutal killer, he’s thrust into a harrowing ordeal where he desperately tries to hold onto his wits, his life and his five-star rating.
Directed by: Michael Dowse
Written by: Tripper Clancy
Produced by: Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley
Cast: Kumail Nanjiani, Dave Bautista, Iko Uwais, Natalie Morales, Betty Gilpin,
Jimmy Tatro, with Mira Sorvino, and Karen Gillan