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Stuber

Buddy comedies heavily rely on chemistry. Whether it’s two or more in the cast, how they interact is crucial in making the comedic situations work. If they don’t the film can quickly fall apart no matter how good a story. ‘Stuber’s script may not be original or totally engaging, but the leads’ chemistry ensures it remains watchable until the last reel.

Uber driver Stu (Kumail Nanjiani) is having a boring day driving around ungrateful clients. When LAPD detective Victor (Dave Bautista) suddenly commandeers Stu’s car, all hell breaks loose. Determined to catch a notorious drug baron, Victor also has to deal with dodgy eye-sight as well as an irate Uber driver. Stu’s day goes from bad to worse with guns and explosions following him and Victor in a day he’d rather forget.

‘Stuber’ doesn’t always work with profane humor wrecking a few of its set-ups. Generally it’s entertaining though with Nanjiani and Bautista displaying that all important chemistry in spades. It’s easy going along with their partnership as both actors inject plenty of pathos and charisma into their characters. ‘Stuber’ isn’t perfect but its slightly low-brow aims are softened by Michael Dowse’s astute direction.

The action set pieces give ‘Stuber’ much heft. These plus the stunts are the other stars of the film and don’t disappoint. The screenplay is wafer-thin with a ‘seen it all before’ mentality occasionally surfacing. But the leads’ ability to play to their strengths go a long way in not making ‘Stuber’ an unwatchable mess.

‘Stuber’ can’t be taken too seriously with the comedy and action mixed reasonably well. It won’t change the world anytime soon but it isn’t a piece of celluloid junk either. Sort of like cinematic fast-food where you feel slightly guilty in watching it but having fun anyway.

Rating out of : 6

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