TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - April 8, 2019
Two performers who have really come into their own as actors over the last few years are Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick) and Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy), but they don't feel like a very natural comedy team. That's exactly what the new film Stuber aims to convince you of, that they are, in fact, made for one another. Nanjiani plays Stu, an Über driver pulled into a world he's thoroughly unfamiliar with when he picks up Bautista's Vic, a cop chasing down a murderer.
The film comes to us from Canadian director Michael Dowse, the man behind the hugely underrated 2011 hockey flick Goon, which gives me a modicum of confidence that this will be more than just the Dopinder/Deadpool sections of the Deadpool films, or even Collateral with some laughs thrown in. It's not the most original premise, obviously, but it will most assuredly benefit from these two winning actors.
You might also spot Bautista's GotG co-star Karen Gillan, along with GLOW's Betty Gilpin and Oscar winner Mira Sorvino, who is apparently allowed to be in movies again. Hopefully this will provide some big laughs this summer as we sure as hell don't need another lackluster summer comedy starring a mismatched pair—I'm looking at you The Hitman's Bodyguard.
Stuber cruises into theaters on July 12.
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