"Reel Reviews: ‘Stuber’ shows off Bautista’s comedic side" by: Jessica Shepard

   So, I didn’t know what to expect when heading in to see “Stuber,” but judging by the trailer, I figured I would laugh once or twice.
   Well, I definitely did more than that and probably at more jokes than anyone else in the audience, too.
   If you’re a fan of Dave Bautista’s “Drax” character from Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie series – there’s plenty of that in this and a side of him I didn’t expect to see either.
   Just buckle up and keep your eyes wide open for this one!
   Stuber is an action comedy film directed by Michael Dowse and written by Tripper Clancy. 
   It stars Kumail Nanjiani, Dave Bautista, Iko Uwais, Natalie Morales, Betty Gilpin, Jimmy Tatro, Mira Sorvino, and Karen Gillan.
    A meager Uber driver named Stu (Nanjiani), hates his job at a retail sporting goods store.
   He’s taken up being an Uber driver in a leased electric car to raise money to help buy into his friend Becca’s (Gilpin) dream job of opening a spin gym.
   It’s not going so hot for Stu, who can’t get up the courage to tell Becca how he feels or to deal with rude Uber passengers.
   That is until he is forced by an aggressive Los Angeles Police Department detective named Vic (Bautista) to drive him around town to catch a notorious drug lord named Oka Teijo (Uwais). 
   For Vic, it is especially personal, as Teijo murdered Vic’s partner – Stu has no idea what’s going on and spend the first half of the movie confused and not wanting to help Vic.
   Along the way, Stu learns he has to deal with Vic’s mad behavior while trying to express his feelings to his friend Becca.
   There’s plenty of millennial jokes about sharing feelings, men being capable of crying and recognizing bad habits in order to change and become a better person.
   Even then, there’s plenty of shootouts, sarcasm, and cursing!
   Stu and Vic confront each other about Stu’s inability to man up while Vic is finally called out for his toxic masculinity and negligence toward his daughter (Nicole Morales).
   Eventually, the two face Teijo at the location of his drop, where Vic finds that LAPD Captain Angie McHenry (Sorvino) is a dirty cop who has been working with Teijo and was planning to frame Vic for murder to get him off their trail.
   While all of that is going on Stu does admit he loves Becca, but then realizes it wouldn’t work since he knows she doesn’t feel the same way and that they shouldn’t even be friends.
   After a fistfight, including several sporting goods weapons at his other job, Stu and Vic decide to work together to take the villains down.
   It’s really a mesh of unlikely partners with Vic and Stu, but still full of laughs.
   Stuber is ranked fourth in box offices worldwide, earning just over $11 million and rated R for violence and language throughout, some sexual references and brief graphic nudity.

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