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Movie review written by Jon Patch with 2.5 out of 4 paws


Twentieth Century Fox and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures present an R rated, 93 minute, Action, Crime, Comedy, directed by Michael Dowse and written by Tripper Clancy with a theater release date of July 12, 2019.


Vic Manning (Dave Bautista) works for the LAPD and he and his partner Sara Morris (Karen Gillan) are on a huge case to take down criminal Tedjo (Iko Uwais) but when things go wrong Morris is shot. Six months later, we meet Stu (Kumail Nanjiani) who works for a sporting goods store called Outside the Box for a pain in the butt owner’s son, Richie (Jimmy Tatro). By evenings Stu is an Uber driver and deals with all kinds of nasty passengers that eat, drink and be merry in his car and he lets them and still never achieves a five star rating. On the side he is in love with Becca (Betty Gilpin) who is dating a stud named Byron who treats her terrible and cheats on her constantly that is until they finally break up leaving open a doorway for Stu to profess his love. Soon to be partners of their own gym called Spinster Becca is lonely and wants sex but when Stu picks up a temporary blind cop who just left the eye doctors office with dilated eyes and can’t see anything Vic not only needs a ride to his daughter Nicole’s (Natalie Morales) art show but also needs to find his friend Leon (Amin Joseph) and later take down Tedjo at a drop tonight.

After finding Leon there next stop is Compton where Vic and Stu end up at Sizzle a men’s night club for men looking for answers but what they find is naked men. Off to Long Beach where they search for Cortez but what they find is a drug dealer who attempts to hide his stash by feeding it to his Pitbull. Not cool! Off to the vet’s office for medical care for the dog and also someone shot by Stu, yes the cowardly lion shot someone. In the end, during a gun battle tugs are down five and animals thankfully zero. Vic driving around in a leased electric car with Stu makes a stop in Venice then to the sporting goods store where a huge fight develops among both Vic and Stu. All things aside honestly is the best policy and the fact that Vic finds out there is a mole at the office he is adamant about not having everything taken from him. In a fight to the finish when Vic, Stu and Tedjo come face to face it could be one person in the wrong place at the wrong time that takes the bullet. When all settles down Vic once again has a night in the desert but at least he has a new dog to accompany him.

I would say there will be another Stuber film as a sequel. This one was actually well written and directed with some unbelievable but quite funny moments in the story that has the audience in laughs. A good score and some minor plot differences this film is really worth seeing. Bautista is the typical bad ass huge brick wall of a man that will not stop on getting his revenge. Nanjiani is the comic relief and really does well delivering laughs to the audience as he tries to overcome one crazy Uber stop after another with Vic. Gillan is short lived but knows how to kick ass. Gilpin is the side story that comes and goes and Mira Sorvino who plays Captain McHenry is key but a small role. Uwais is a great kickboxer and plays a good bad guy but the weaker link I thought was Morales who plays Vic’s daughter but thankfully a small part as well. Many supporting characters but none so much to discuss since their roles are somewhat important but small. Thankfully during the vet office scene I believe no animals were harmed in the bloody shoot out. For a night out and a fun movie with a bit of crazy I think most would enjoy this journey between Vic the cop and Stuber the driver.

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