Keep up-to-date on your favourite artists and movies, track gig and release dates, and join in the conversation.
SEARCH RESULTS FOR
We look at 'Fantasia' in a brand new episode of Ink & Paint - and don't forget to subscribe to our podcast!x
review, Stuber, Stuber, film, movie, latest movies, new movie, movie ratings, current movie reviews, latest films, recent movies, current movies, movie critics, new movie reviews, latest movie reviews, latest movies out, the latest movies, review film, latest cinema releases, Australian reviews, cinema, cinema reviews, Kumail Nanjiani, Dave Bautista, Amin Joseph, Betty Gilpin, Natalie Morales, Iko Uwais, Joshua Mikel, Mira Sorvino, Rene Moran, Apollo Gt, Michael Dowse, Action, Comedy film rating

STUBER

★★★

AN ÜBER-FUN 90 MINUTES BUT LITTLE MORE

THEATRICAL REVIEW
LATEST REVIEWS
By Chris dos Santos
5th July 2019

The “dude” or “bro” comedy is an interesting sub-genre that contains a huge mix of films. You have college films like ‘Bad Neighbours’, sex comedies like ‘American Pie’, bachelor films like ‘The Hangover’ - but usually the one common thread is a friendship or bromance. In comparison, when you look at a list of female comedies, the common thread is stereotypically that its protagonists just can’t get along. ‘Stuber’ blends these two ideas thanks to a great dynamic between Kumail Nanjiani (‘The Big Sick’, 'Men in Black: International’) and Dave Bautista (‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’, ‘Blade Runner 2049’).

Vic (Bautista) is a cop who, after loosing his partner in a shootout, is still trying to hunt down the man who did it. Stu (Nanjiani) is stuck in a rut working at a local camping/fishing/BBQ store with his mean boss (Jimmy Tatro, ’22 Jump Street’, ‘Smallfoot’) while moonlighting as an Uber driver to make some extra cash to open an all-female gym with his best friend Becca (Betty Gilpin, ‘True Story’, ‘Isn’t it Romantic’), who he is also in love with but she doesn’t know it. When Vic goes in for eye surgery, his daughter (Natalie Morales, ‘Battle of the Sexes’, ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’) suggests he takes an Uber to get to her art show (which of course he forgot about because he has been too focused on the case and not his family). When he gets a heads up on where the bad guy is going to be, he calls an Uber to take him to the drop site - but of course Stu gets mixed up in the crossfire and is ends up going along for the ride.

SWITCH: 'STUBER' TRAILER

The territory of the plot has been heavily trodden, even having unnecessary double-crosses for the sake of a twist (I see you Mira Sorvino, thanks for still being in movies, I guess). But what really makes this an enjoyable sit is that chemistry between Bautista and Nanjiani. Bautista is just so unapologetically charming that you can’t help but instantly love him, and Nanjiani is just a really funny guy whose over-the-top reactions to violence are great. Surprisingly, the action scenes are really well done with great stunt choreography, and thanks to a really fantastic soundtrack, they all have a really fun energy about them.

It doesn’t reach comedy heights, but thanks to its leads it’s a very fun sit.

There are of course some negatives. While the film is funny, there really isn’t anything that is extremely laugh-out-loud. A lot of comedies these days end up being closer to two hours because of unedited “line-o-rama”, but thankfully 'Stuber' doesn't do this and is very tight in terms of jokes, even if they don't all land. The plot is wildly unoriginal and is very much nothing new. And while the whole plot kind of revolves around Uber, every time they show the app it isn't the Uber one; it's like they didn't fully get the rights to use Uber, which seems like a weird choice not just for the narrative but what could have been a huge marketing tie-in too.

If you’re looking for fun little date night movie, a night out with friends or a fun way to kill 90 minutes, ‘Stuber’ is the perfect film. It doesn’t reach comedy heights, but thanks to its leads it’s a very fun sit.

FAST FACTS
RELEASE DATE: 11/07/2019
RUN TIME: 1h 33m
CAST: Kumail Nanjiani
Dave Bautista
Amin Joseph
Betty Gilpin
Natalie Morales
Iko Uwais
Joshua Mikel
Mira Sorvino
Rene Moran
Apollo Gt
DIRECTOR: Michael Dowse
WRITER: Tripper Clancy
PRODUCERS: John Francis Daley
Jonathan Goldstein
SCORE: Joseph Trapanese
STUBERmovie
STUBERmovie
stubermovie
TOP-RATED REVIEWS
The Personal History of David Copperfield - A rhapsodic delight on taking ownership of our own stories
TRENDINGTHE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELDA rhapsodic delight on taking ownership of our own stories
xXx: Return Of Xander Cage - The good, the bad and the ugly
TRENDINGxXx: RETURN OF XANDER CAGEThe good, the bad and the ugly
Romantic Road - Falling in love with India, the Rolls Royce and each other
TRENDINGROMANTIC ROADFalling in love with India, the Rolls Royce and each other
Over the Limit - A real-life psychological thriller
TRENDINGOVER THE LIMITA real-life psychological thriller
The Violin Player - Sex and strings
TRENDINGTHE VIOLIN PLAYERSex and strings
Melbourne Documentary Film Festival 2020 - The reviews
TRENDINGMELBOURNE DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL 2020The reviews
Leaving Allen Street - Following residents out of institutional care and into our hearts
TRENDINGLEAVING ALLEN STREETFollowing residents out of institutional care and into our hearts
Inseparable Bros - A heartwarming tale about disability and the power of friendship
TRENDINGINSEPARABLE BROSA heartwarming tale about disability and the power of friendship
About A Boy - All grown up 15 years on
TRENDINGABOUT A BOYAll grown up 15 years on
Scheme Birds - A gritty journey to adulthood in Scotland
TRENDINGSCHEME BIRDSA gritty journey to adulthood in Scotland
Flying High - Still landing jokes 40 years after take-off
TRENDINGFLYING HIGHStill landing jokes 40 years after take-off
Revisiting 'Dark City' 20 years later - The most underrated and influential sci-fi film ever?
TRENDINGREVISITING 'DARK CITY' 20 YEARS LATERThe most underrated and influential sci-fi film ever?
Wet Woman in the Wind - A sexy struggle for conquest
TRENDINGWET WOMAN IN THE WINDA sexy struggle for conquest
Waves - High school misery porn drowned by its aesthetic
TRENDINGWAVESHigh school misery porn drowned by its aesthetic
Waterloo - An epic recreation of the legendary battle
TRENDINGWATERLOOAn epic recreation of the legendary battle
The Big Trip - Should have stayed at home
TRENDINGTHE BIG TRIPShould have stayed at home
Double Lover - Softcore pornography for cinephiles
TRENDINGDOUBLE LOVERSoftcore pornography for cinephiles
25 Free-to-Watch Short Horror Films - The scariest shorts we uncovered online
TRENDING25 FREE-TO-WATCH SHORT HORROR FILMSThe scariest shorts we uncovered online
The Odd Family: Zombie on Sale - An extremely silly zomedy
TRENDINGTHE ODD FAMILY: ZOMBIE ON SALEAn extremely silly zomedy
Buffy - A 20th anniversary love letter
TRENDINGBUFFYA 20th anniversary love letter
© 2011 - 2020 midnightproductions
All rights reserved

Support SWITCH | Disclaimer | Contact Us