Stuber Review


Buddy cop comedies always seem to make a comeback in Hollywood. After all, buddy cop comedies have it all: Action and laughs. Unfortunately, sometimes the results may vary. They can either be great (21 Jump Street, Lethal Weapon) or it can be downright bad (CHIPS). The latest buddy cop film to come out is Stuber, starring Dave Bautista and Kumail Nanjiani. But is Stuber the good kind of buddy cop comedies or is it the bad kind?

It’s the good kind, but it takes a while before it gets there. When the film finally finds its footing, the film become an absolute laugh riot.

Stuber follows Vic, LAPD police detective on the verge of arresting his nemesis, Teijo. Unfortunately for him, Vic must team-up with his Uber driver, Stu, in order to apprehend Teijo once and for all.

Stuber - Dave Bautista and Kumail Nanjiani

As much as I wanted to like Stuber, it simply feels like a generic buddy cop comedy. That doesn’t mean that the film is terrible, but nothing really sets it apart from other R-rated buddy cop comedies. Thankfully, the film doesn’t show all of the funniest parts in the trailer. The gags that you saw from the trailer are basically from the first two acts. Yet the best parts, primarily come from the third act of the film.

Yet the journey to that part is a bit of a struggle. Since some of the jokes don’t land, the film has to rely on the detective story. Unfortunately, the detective story is just too cliched. It checks off a lot of cliches in a buddy cop film. Shady areas, ghetto neighborhoods, certain twists—they’re all there. There are also subplots that add to the story but the other half drags the film down. The times it’s good, it adds to Stu’s backstory and provides a lot of laughs.

At the same time, the villains are non-existent. Most of the film focuses on Vic and Stu chasing clues. Not to mention, their presence doesn’t impact the film much. The heroes are also a bit one-dimensional. We don’t really get too much into them until way later into the film.

Stuber - Dave Bautista and Kumail Nanjiani

That’s the thing with Stuber. The film is good but those moments don’t really come until the third act. This isn’t a film where the laughs come from start to finish. A lot of that has to do with the relationship between Vic and Stu. Vic dragging Stu along on his adventures while Stu is complaining gets old after a while. Yet once that frosty relationship breaks between the two then that’s when the film finally shine.

Dave Bautista is able to finally show off his slapstick skills. If you know Dave Bautista from his days in the WWE then you know what kind of abuse his body went through in the ring. Now, he uses that abuse for more of a comedic effect. Kumail Nanjiani showcases his usual style of comedy to a broader audience with this leading role. His comedic time is always on point and his facial expressions are always funny.

Overall, Stuber had the chance to be the next great buddy cop comedy. Unfortunately, the film takes its sweet time before blossoming into the film we expected it to be. Regardless, the film is still hilarious and the pairing of Bautista and Nanjiani is an odd but hilarious pairing. Should there be a sequel, it’ll be nice to see the duo start on the right track.

Rating: 3/5 atoms

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