In his action comedy STUBER – 5 STARS UNDERCOVER (2019). Director Michael Dowse uses the well-known cliché of completely different unwilling partners who have to pull together to get out of a misery. It’s not innovative, but thanks to the actors it’s pretty entertaining for a long time. We reveal more about this in our review.
Stu (Kumail Nanjiani) is shocked by the brutal methods Vic uses.
The plot summary
Stu (Kumail Nanjiani) is a talkative, mild-mannered, risk-averse millennial who works at a sporting goods store and nights as an Uber driver to earn enough money to open his own gym and win the woman of his dreams – a plan that seems as promising as it sounds. He would also give anything to keep his five-star rating as a driver. Vic Manning (Dave Bautista), on the other hand, is a middle-aged man, an old-school detective and an alpha male. He is divorced from his wife, married to his job and neglects his parental duties towards his adult daughter Nicole (Natalie Morales). One day he gets a tip about the whereabouts of the drug dealer who murdered his partner, just as he is leaving the ophthalmologist’s office after laser surgery. Since his vision is blurry and he can’t drive himself, he orders an Uber driver. Stu, of all people, is free right now…
Stuber Movie Meaning & ending
Films like “Stuber” hardly exist these days. While the cinema program in the multiplexes is dictated by franchises and the ‘big budget’, original material with less funding tends to go to Netflix and other streaming services. If you add the information that Michael Dowse (“The F-Word”), with his now seven feature films as a director, doesn’t take anything like political correctness too seriously and isn’t afraid to show blood and violence, you would “ Stuber” is more likely to be located somewhere between 1990 and 2000, but certainly not in the here and now and certainly not on the big screen. But Michael Dowse got the green light from 20th Century Fox for his action comedy “Stuber – 5 Stars Undercover” – and was promptly punished after the US release. Bob Iger, head of the multi-billion dollar Disney corporation, to which Fox now belongs, announced that he wanted to further reduce the output of the absorbed studio after weak performances from, among others, “Stuber” and “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” and pushed this Early productions such as a “Die Hard” prequel or a “The Sims” film adaptation are put a stop to this. From an economic perspective, such a rigorous step is understandable, but it remains to be hoped that other production companies will follow an example by ensuring that something like “Stuber” still makes it to the cinema today. Because even if not every punch line works, the star-studded action comedy is by no means just a star vehicle.
Vic Manning (Dave Bautista) has found his final opponent in the crook Oka (Iko Uwais).
In the case of “Stuber”, Tripper Clancy, who has not yet appeared outside of Germany, was responsible for the script. Clancy wrote the scripts for “Four Against the Bank” and “Hot Dog” – and if there’s anything to be given to both films, it’s the fact that they accurately assess the strengths of their written characters. Even though “Hot Dog” in particular was hard to bear at times due to its old-fashioned jokes and dirty sex gags, and “Four Against the Bank” made you think you had seen it all before, both crime comedies are pleasantly character-driven. And that’s exactly how it is with “Stuber”. Except that any form of below-the-belt humor is pleasantly eliminated here and everything else here feels a little more modern. Nevertheless, “Stuber” sometimes seems outdated in its premise; God knows, the premise of the unlikely (cop) duo who have to come together despite the huge differences in stature and character to solve a tricky case won’t win any innovation awards. But we already announced it: In “Stuber”, just like in “Four Against the Bank” and “Hot Dog”, there are strange characters in front of the camera. And especially in contrast to “Hot Dog”, this time you don’t even have to force yourself to actually want to watch them antics for an hour and a half, because it’s pretty fun to see how Kumail Nanjiani (“ The Big Sick”) and Dave Bautista (“Blade Runner 2049”) is constantly at war here and actually quite fond of him.
Without the optimal cast, “Stuber” would of course only work half as well. In Kumail Nanjiani and Dave Bautista, those responsible have found two perfect partners despite themselves, and in order to embody them, the two actors repeatedly scratch the caricature. Nanjiani plays the self-sacrificing Stu with a tendency to be submissive and uses one or two clichés of the hospitable Indian (the fact that a person of Indian origin plays the Uber driver in this film is referenced early on in “Stuber”) ). At the same time, in its best moments, the script is clever enough to subvert clichés. Not just because over the course of the film Stu mutates more and more into a courageous fighter who, if in doubt, would take a bullet to protect his partner. Both he and Vic repeatedly talk about the typical mannerisms of their characters. After all, the image of the muscle-bound, cold-hearted cop who has doggedly hunted down a single person since an incident is not the first time that it has been part of a film of this genre. In addition, the interaction between Nanjiani and Bautista, which is characterized by a lot of improvisation, is interspersed with wordplay and taunts, which work just as well in German ( “Bullyparade” face Rick Kavanian takes on Nanjiani’s dubbing role) as in the original version.
The story itself, on the other hand, mainly ticks off stations of a typical crime comedy, in which the focus is on a hunt for villains. Suspects are questioned in bizarre places (in this case, including a men’s strip club and an animal hospital), there are wild shootouts and chases and while the blood is allowed to spray heavily and the two unconventional investigators repeatedly insult each other bang on the head, slowly grow together into a unit. None of this is particularly innovative and one or two story twists can be guessed at by knowledgeable genre audiences long before the makers even play them out. But all of this always serves its purpose because of the advantages mentioned, especially since “Stuber” also offers some superbly choreographed hand-to-hand combat – for example when Stu and Vic fight each other in an outdoor and survival shop with everything they can get their hands on (the fish hooks hurt especially!). Unfortunately, cameraman Bobby Shaw advises them (“The Invitation”) The images captured are not always of such quality that every action scene can be followed. The first few minutes in particular are all too confusing; The makers continue to overdo it with their shaky camera optics. It means gritting your teeth. In the end you are rewarded with gags that work more often than you might have expected given the well-known constellation.
Conclusion: As a thoroughly bloody comedy about two unequal, reluctant investigators that is not stingy with crude humor, Stuber seems like it has fallen out of time. You’ve already seen a lot of it, some even better. But the two main characters and a high gag hit rate not only help to get over the well-known premise, but also the sometimes quite strenuous camera work.
Stuber can be seen in USA cinemas from August 22nd.