#NativeNerd Movie Review: 'Stuber' is Uber hilarious

Dave Bautista and Kumail Nanjiani in 'Stuber' - Twentieth Century Fox

Dave Bautista and Kumail Nanjiani are a perfect oddball mismatch who create comedic gold in an Uber trip gone horribly wrong

Stuber, starring actors Actors Dave Bautista and Kumail Nanjiani, has the perfect combination for success: Guns, blood, laughter, repeat.

Bautista, well-known for his character Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Endgame plays an overly-jaded, bulked-up LAPD detective seeking a drug dealer wanted for murder. After an eye procedure, Bautista (Vic) is in need of an Uber to follow up on a tip about the drug dealer he seeks to apprehend. Enter Kumail Nanjiani.

Nanjiani plays ‘Stu,’ an over-zealous Uber driver seeking to do everything in his power to get the ever-evasive five-star review.

When Vic and Stu meet, the overly-tough Vic and the overly-soft Stu create a perfect yin and yang relationship. The one-liners keep coming as Vic obviously does not understand the technology of Uber, and Stu has little interest in pursuing a murdering drug dealer into the Los Angeles cities such as Compton and Long Beach.

As Vic struggles to wipe away the blurriness in his eyes, while refusing to let go of his new Uber pal, the two get dragged into a plethora of outrageously funny moments that have kept me laughing as I reflect on the movie.

I wasn’t alone in my enjoyment. The audience laughed, hooped and cracked up with me the whole way through. 

I nearly cried-laughed when Stu tried to act tough when Vic tried to act sensitively and how there seemed to be a shootout every fifteen minutes while Stu continued to complain that he can’t get back to see his wannabe girlfriend who is at home drinking a bit too much.

Enter male dancers wearing colonial wigs, a veterinarian doctor who does bullet extraction surgeries and an ever-growing list of casualties in the urban areas of Los Angeles. It was all delirious pleasure. 

The best thing about Stuber are the genuine moments of clarity contained within in its ridiculousness. Vic really does struggle in his desire to be a good dad, Stu really does struggle in his desire not to be a pushover to the girl he cares about.

While a propane tank might be exploding in a villain's face, Stu might be sharing how Vic needs to be more sensitive to his daughter’s needs in life. The contrast really works.

Bautista and Nanjiani are possibly one of the best comedic duos I have seen in decades. I don’t say this lightly. It just absolutely, undeniably works.

The other actors in the film contribute sincere, funny, and truly enjoyable performances and include Vic’s LAPD partner Karen Gillan (who plays Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy and Martha in Jumanji) Mira Sorvino (Romy and Michele's High School Reunion) as Captain McHenry, Joshua Mikel (The Walking Dead) and many more.

Hats off to director Michael Dowse, writer Tripper Clancy and to the stars Dave Bautista and Kumail Nanjiani.

Stuber is Uber hilarious. 

I give this movie a five-star Uber rating.

Twentieth Century Fox has slotted the extreme-action comedy feature film Stuber for a July 12 release.

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