Stuber has been on a lot of people’s watchlist ever since the original screenplay was sold for a significant amount of money and two actors of significance (Dave Bautista, Kumail Nanjiani) came aboard.
A healthy budget, a prime release date and two actors coming off major successes and primed for bigger ones should’ve made this one of the biggest films of the summer. With a shade over $30 million at the box office, the film at best broke even on the reported $16 million budget. It didn’t get a lot of critical bonafides, either.
Simple premise. Stu (Nanjiani) is an Uber driver who picks up Vic (Bautista), a cop chasing crooks. Vic commandeers Stu’s car, with him behind the wheel, over a long violence filled day. Shenanigans ensue.
So why did this bomb with both critics and audiences? One could argue that Avengers: Endgame took out the wind from many films’ sails this summer but even on the small screen Stuber doesn’t really connect. After an opening scene setting up the rest of the film we’re not given much to work with.
The comedy doesn’t quite work and we’ve seen everything else before. The best parts of the film were in the trailer, unfortunately, and everything else just doesn’t work. It’s immaculately made and an interesting film in parts but ultimately it’s a “wait for Netflix” type of film.
A handful of EPK pieces, deleted scenes and passable pieces are included.
20th Century Fox presents Stuber. Directed by Michael Dowse. Written by Tripper Clancy. Starring Dave Bautista, Kumail Nanjiani. Run Time: 93 minutes. Rated R. Released on DVD: 10.15.19