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Stuber – 5 Sterne Undercover (Stuber)
U.S.A. 2019

Opening 22 Aug 2019

Directed by: Michael Dowse
Writing credits: Tripper Clancy
Principal actors: Dave Bautista, Kumail Nanjiani, Mira Sorvino, Natalie Morales, Iko Uwais

A zany, lustig buddy flick with great chemistry between the two leads best sums up director Michael Dowse’s action-packed Stuber – 5 Sterne Undercover. Contrasting Dave Bautista/Vic (Avengers: Endgame, 2019) and Kumail Nanjiani/Stuber (The Big Sick, 2017) in every way—size, age, attitude, and social media/tech skills—adds witticism and tension to screenwriter Tripper Clancy’s dialogue during shenanigans and predicaments the pair encounter.

After a raucously ferocious introduction above the opening titles, we catch up with burly L.A. police Detective Vic six-months on, and meet courteous Stuber. Driving an Uber to earn additional income, Stuber is obsessed with getting five stars for excellent service. Concurrently, Vic, still intent on eradicating villainous Teijo (Iko Uwais)—introduced in the opening sequence—is told to back off by Captain McHenry (Mira Sorvino). On this particular day, and following a hot lead, Vic utilizes Stuber’s services; during some initial tight spots, Stuber gushes whereas Vic parries. Unbeknownst to Vic, Stu is antsy because longtime friend Becca (Betty Gilpin) needs help. Their impasse is broken at the Veterinarian’s (Scott Lawrence); Stu meets Vic’s daughter (Natalie Morales), and Vic meets Stu’s boss (Jimmy Tatro). Then everything spills over at the Fiery Monkey Hot Sauce factory; it is “silent, but deadly.”

Good production values are by Jonathan Schwartz – editing, Bobby Shore – cinematography, and Joseph Trapanese – music. The movie also provided 15,000 jobs and thousands of work hours. So, for thrilling summer entertainment, Stuber is a sure-fire pick, with a word of caution. It is for mature audiences because of its profanity, and excessive gunplay and dropping bodies. (Marinell Haegelin)

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