Stuber is certainly a whirlwind, and it’s lightning pace only adds to the easy-going nature it promotes
Undeniably less appealing than its comedic pun of a name suggests, Stuber is a predictable, easy-going feature with little to say, and even less to take against, mixed with a hankering for fast pacing and a steady flow.
Victor Manning (Dave Bautistia) loses his partner Sarah Morris (Karen Gillen) in a shootout at a busy public stadium. Determined to catch her killer, Manning spends the next six months rigorously searching for a lead. Finally finding one on the same day as his laser eye surgery, Victor is left needing the help of an Uber to get him to each of his destinations, much to the dismay of driver Stu (Kumail Nanjiani).
Very light-hearted, Stuber never tenses or flexes any muscles, remaining very consistent without taking any risks. It seems to pay off for a film that doesn’t need to do anything special, but rarely seems anything more than an hour and a half of simplistic comedy.
Nanjiani and Bautista offer good turns, if not slightly oversold, with a generous script from Tripper Clancy boasting some well placed original comedy; the elements pair well and seamlessly transfer to the screen. Stuber is certainly a whirlwind, and it’s lightning pace only adds to the easy-going nature it promotes.
Absolutely not a must watch, but a reminder of how brilliant a screen presence Nanjiani is, and that however thick and fast they come, wrestlers actually make fairly decent actors, especially when they are given a good script and space to move.
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