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  • Todd Puhl

Stuber: The Ballad of Uber Advertising

The Concept:

Been awhile since I have since a breakaway comedic role with Kumail Nanjiani (#Butts) and after recently watching the WWE 24 episode of Dave Bautista, I thought I would give it a shot. Dave has come a long way in his acting role but beyond Drax, he hasn’t dived into Comedy prior.

As of this writing the Tomatometer had it at 47%, and IMDB was at 60%.

The Cast:

Shockingly a huge cast for such low budget film.

Dave Bautista – WWE superstar, Guardians of the Galaxy, Bushwick

Kumail Nanjiani – The Big Sick, Central Intelligence

Natalie Morales- Parks and Rec

Betty Gilpin – Glow

Karen Gillian – Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Who

Mira Sorvino – Replacement Killers/Mimic

From what I read in multiple reviews, my feeling was of the Kumail and Dave’s chemistry initial was streamlined. For the first 30 minutes it came across as a poor attempt at a crappy cop movie. Over time tho, it seemed like they needed to feel things out before they could properly connect. After the 30-minute mark and/or first action sequence, that’s when the fun started.

The remainder had small but necessary roles.

The Recap:

When a mild-mannered Uber driver named Stu (Kumail Nanjiani) picks up a passenger (Dave Bautista) who turns out to be a cop hot on the trail of a brutal killer, he’s thrust into a harrowing ordeal where he desperately tries to hold onto his wits, his life and his five-star rating. Directed by Michael Dowse, this action-comedy from 20th Century Fox also stars Iko Uwais, Natalie Morales, Betty Gilpin, Jimmy Tatro, Mira Sorvino and Karen Gillan.

The good:

· After the chemistry was established, the back/forth between Bautista/Kumail was hilarious

· The Action sequences were amazing (propose scene FTW)

· The ribbing about the Hollywood action sequences. Joking about exploding cars and shooting out tires and etc.

The bad:

· The Shameless amount of Uber advertising. I am surprised Mick Foley didn’t have a walk on for a shameless pop

· Awkwardness at the beginning

Why we should watch or not watch it:

Its definitely a good comedic film. It will never win awards or be a home run at the theatre, but it’s pretty funny to watch.

Last thought:

Dave Bautista has definitely come into his own over the past few years. Stuber shows that he is getting there as an actor and has credible acting chops. He didn’t take to it as easily as the Rock did. But we all have to start somewhere. Keep at it Dave!

3/5 Stars

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