brian-mcgee - June 11, 2019
Not all summer comedies that feature promising comedic team-ups pay off, just look to films like The Hitman's Bodyguard or R.I.P.D. or really any non-Deadpool Ryan Reynolds movie for proof of this concept. However, there's something about the promise of seeing Kumail Nanjiani and Dave Bautista together in the upcoming comedy Stuber that's quite promising. For whatever reason, they remind me of Alan Arkin and Peter Falk in The In-Laws, where they trade off being the straight man.
A more contemporary film that this appears to be a "better" version of is Ride Along, where a hardened cop teams up with a terrified novice and hijinks ensue. Both Nanjiani and Bautista have proven themselves adept at doing this sort of thing and I feel that so long as we haven't seen all of the best gags in the trailer, this could be a sleeper hit.
Of course, there's no guarantee this could be any good at all. It could be that all of the funniest jokes are in the trailer or that the movie has a premise that might not be able to sustain a feature and would've been better off as a short film. Honestly though, it beats sitting through another sequel or reboot or remake or other typical summer movie.
Stuber opens on July 12.