Stuber

Stuber

2019, R, 93 min. Directed by Michael Dowse. Starring Dave Bautista, Kumail Nanjiani, Karen Gillan, Betty Gilpin, Natalie Morales, Steve Howey, Mira Sorvino, Iko Uwais.

REVIEWED By Marc Savlov, Fri., July 12, 2019

I’ve been trying to imagine what the pitch meeting for this massive slice of Uber product placement probably sounded like, and I think I finally nailed it. “Drax the Destroyer, as a cop hot on the trail of the slimeball that murdered his partner, meets cute with that guy from The Big Sick, an Uber driver, and forces him to assist in the search even though the Big Sick guy has a hot date with the girl he loves that same night. Trouble is, Drax’s just gone through Lasik surgery and can’t see a damn thing. Hilarity ensues! Boffo box office!” Yeah, that sounds about right, but the trouble is Tripper Clancy’s ham-fisted screenplay. Rife with all the generic trappings of the shopworn, mismatched buddy cop action-comedy genre, Clancy’s script suffers from a surfeit of originality with scarcely a fresh take on anything. Despite a seemingly can’t-miss cast, Stuber – which debuted as a work-in-progress at SXSW 2019 – epically fails in the hilarity department and fizzles on the action front despite the incendiary presence of Indonesian actor/stunt coordinator Uwais of The Raid fame. It’s the sort of movie that defines the term “summer doldrums” in a way few others have.

Bautista is Vic, the aforementioned hell-bent-on-vengeance L.A.P.D. cop who commandeers Stu (Nanjiani), Stu’s sparkling clean Prius, and most importantly, Stu’s 20/20 eyesight. Following the surgery, Vic’s world is rendered a whirling blur for the recuperative 24 hours, which is mined as a source of comedy gold but instead turns out to be as predictably unfunny as lead. Bautista and Nanjiani have proven themselves to be excellent comedic actors in their own rights, but the ossified banter and situations the wildly contrived plot puts them in have all the crackle and spark of a wet napkin.

You can see why it seemed like a no-brainer to pair them here. The two characters couldn’t be more different; they’re like polar opposites of post-#MeToo masculinity. The introverted, anal-retentive Stu reflexively buffs his prized Prius and offers his riders free chocolates to boost his chances of getting that all-important five-star Uber rating, while the temporarily blind Vic bumbles and stumbles his way through one groaningly bad bit of hoary slapstick after another, inflicting semi-random mayhem while dishing out truly awful dating and relationship tips on the side. Unfortunately, very little here genuinely clicks. As Becca, the object of Stu’s desire and frustration, GLOW’s Gilpin gets the best comic lines, and indeed the entire cast seems game but ultimately limited by the leaden script. Director Dowse has some terrific comedies on his CV, among them 2004’s EDM DJ satire It’s All Gone Pete Tong and the wallopingly weird hockey gem Goon, but the mildly, kinda/sorta-entertaining-if-you’ve-got-nothing-better-to-do Stuber isn’t one of them.

Showtimes

Thu., July 18

11:00am, 1:40, 5:40, 6:25, 11:30

Fri., July 19

11:15am, 2:30, 5:45, 8:40, 11:35

Sat., July 20

9:35am, 12:15, 2:55, 6:00, 9:15

Sun., July 21

11:50am, 3:05, 5:45, 8:30, 11:10

Mon., July 22

11:30am, 2:10, 5:00, 8:05, 10:45

Tue., July 23

2:15, 5:15, 8:05, 10:50
AFA 11:35am

Wed., July 24

11:35am, 2:15, 5:15, 8:05, 10:50

Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane

5701 W. Slaughter, 512/861-7060, drafthouse.com/austin/theater/slaughter-lane

Showtimes at this venue are subject to frequent change. Please confirm daily times by phone or website.

Thu., July 18

2:50, 5:25, 8:00, 10:40
AFA 12:10

Fri., July 19

11:45am, 2:25, 5:10, 7:50, 10:35

Sat., July 20

11:00am, 1:55, 4:40, 7:30, 10:15

Sun., July 21

10:50am, 1:45, 4:30, 7:20, 10:05

Mon., July 22

12:15, 3:05, 5:45, 8:40

Tue., July 23

3:05, 5:45, 8:40
AFA 12:15

Wed., July 24

12:15, 3:05, 5:45, 8:40

Barton Creek Square (AMC)

2901 South Capital of Texas Hwy, 512/306-1991, www.amctheatres.com

Matinee discounts available before 4pm daily. Bring Your Baby matinees the first Tuesday of every month.

Fri., July 19

CC/DVS 11:50am, 2:40, 5:10, 7:50, 10:30

Sat., July 20

CC/DVS 11:50am, 2:40, 5:10, 7:50, 10:30

Sun., July 21

CC/DVS 11:50am, 2:40, 5:10, 7:50, 10:30

Mon., July 22

CC/DVS 11:50am, 2:40, 5:10, 7:50, 10:30

Tue., July 23

CC/DVS 11:50am, 2:40, 5:10, 7:50, 10:30

Wed., July 24

CC/DVS 11:50am, 2:40, 5:10, 7:50, 10:30

Cinemark 20 and XD

N. I-35 & FM 1825, 512/989-8535

Cost for 3-D and XD shows is regular ticket price plus a premium.

Thu., July 18

digital 10:00am, 12:30, 3:00, 5:30, 8:00, 9:55, 10:30

Fri., July 19

digital 8:45am, 11:20am, 2:10, 4:40, 7:10, 9:40

Sat., July 20

digital 8:45am, 11:20am, 2:10, 4:40, 7:10, 9:40

Sun., July 21

digital 8:45am, 11:20am, 2:10, 4:40, 7:10, 9:40

Mon., July 22

digital 8:45am, 11:20am, 2:10, 4:40, 7:10, 9:40

Tue., July 23

digital 8:45am, 11:20am, 2:10, 4:40, 7:10, 9:40

Wed., July 24

digital 8:45am, 11:20am, 2:10, 4:40, 7:10, 9:40

Cinemark Cedar Park

1335 E. Whitestone, Cedar Park, 800/326-3264

Call theatre for complete list of movies and showtimes.

Fri., July 19

digital 9:40am, 12:15, 2:40, 5:05, 7:30, 10:50

Sat., July 20

digital 9:40am, 12:15, 2:40, 5:05, 7:30, 10:20

Sun., July 21

digital 9:40am, 12:15, 2:40, 5:05, 7:30, 10:05

Mon., July 22

digital 9:40am, 12:15, 2:40, 5:05, 7:30, 10:05

Tue., July 23

digital 9:40am, 12:15, 2:40, 5:05, 7:30, 10:05

Wed., July 24

digital 9:40am, 12:15, 2:40, 5:05, 7:30, 10:05

Fri., July 19

digital 10:00am, 12:30, 3:00, 5:30, 8:05, 10:40

Sat., July 20

digital 10:00am, 12:30, 3:00, 5:30, 8:05, 10:40

Sun., July 21

digital 10:00am, 12:30, 3:00, 5:30, 8:05, 10:40

Mon., July 22

digital 10:00am, 12:30, 3:00, 5:30, 8:00, 10:30

Tue., July 23

digital 10:00am, 12:30, 3:00, 5:30, 8:00, 10:30

Wed., July 24

digital 10:00am, 12:30, 3:00, 5:30, 8:00, 10:30

Cinemark Round Rock

4401 N. I-35, Round Rock, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium. Call theatre for complete March 26-28 showtimes.

Thu., July 18

digital 12:20, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:15

Fri., July 19

digital 11:40am, 2:10, 4:45, 7:30, 10:10

Sat., July 20

digital 11:40am, 2:10, 4:45, 7:30, 10:10

Sun., July 21

digital 11:40am, 2:10, 4:45, 7:30, 10:10

Mon., July 22

digital 11:40am, 2:10, 4:45, 7:30, 10:10

Tue., July 23

digital 11:40am, 2:10, 4:45, 7:30, 10:10

Wed., July 24

digital 11:40am, 2:10, 4:45, 7:30, 10:10

Cinemark Southpark Meadows

9900 S. I-35, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Fri., July 19

digital 10:00am, 12:20, 2:40, 5:00, 7:20, 9:40

Sat., July 20

digital 10:00am, 12:20, 2:40, 5:00, 7:20, 9:40

Sun., July 21

digital 10:00am, 12:20, 2:40, 5:00, 7:20, 9:40

Mon., July 22

digital 10:00am, 12:20, 2:40, 5:00, 7:20, 9:40

Tue., July 23

digital 10:00am, 12:20, 2:40, 5:00, 7:20, 9:40

Wed., July 24

digital 10:00am, 12:20, 2:40, 5:00, 7:20, 9:40

Cinemark Stone Hill Town Center

18820 Hilltop Commercial Dr., 512/251-0938, www.cinemark.com

Thu., July 18

digital 11:30am, 2:25, 4:50, 7:15, 9:50

Fri., July 19

digital 10:30am, 2:25, 4:50, 7:15, 9:50

Sat., July 20

digital 10:30am, 2:25, 4:50, 7:15, 9:50

Sun., July 21

digital 10:30am, 2:25, 4:50, 7:15, 9:50

Mon., July 22

digital 10:30am, 2:25, 4:50, 7:15, 9:50

Tue., July 23

digital 10:30am, 2:25, 4:50, 7:15, 9:50

Wed., July 24

digital 10:30am, 2:25, 4:50, 7:15, 9:50

City Lights Theatre

420 Wolf Ranch Parkway, Georgetown, 512/868-9922

Thu., July 18

10:15am, 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 9:45

Fri., July 19

10:15am, 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 9:45

Sat., July 20

10:15am, 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 9:45

Sun., July 21

1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 9:45

Mon., July 22

10:15am, 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 9:45

Tue., July 23

1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 9:45

Wed., July 24

10:15am, 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 9:45

EVO Entertainment

3200 Kyle Crossing, Kyle, 512/523-9009, www.evo-entertainment.com

Thu., July 18

11:45am, 2:15, 4:40, 9:45

Fri., July 19

10:15am, 12:35, 1:45, 5:50, 8:20, 10:40

Sat., July 20

10:15am, 12:35, 1:45, 5:50, 8:15, 10:40

Sun., July 21

12:35, 3:15, 5:50, 8:15, 10:40

Mon., July 22

12:35, 3:15, 5:50, 8:15, 10:40

Tue., July 23

10:15am, 12:35, 1:45, 5:45, 8:15, 10:40

Wed., July 24

10:15am, 12:35, 3:15, 5:50, 8:15, 10:40

Flix Brewhouse

2200 S. I-35, Round Rock, 512/244-3549, www.flixbrewhouse.com/round-rock

Thu., July 18

CC 11:15am, 3:00, 4:15

Fri., July 19

CC 12:45, 3:30, 6:30, 9:15

Sat., July 20

CC 12:45, 3:30, 6:30, 9:15

Sun., July 21

CC 12:45, 3:30, 6:30, 9:15

Mon., July 22

CC 12:45, 3:30, 6:30, 9:15

Tue., July 23

CC 12:45, 3:30, 6:30, 9:15

Wed., July 24

CC 12:45, 3:30, 6:30, 9:15

Galaxy Highland 10

6700 Middle Fiskville, 512/467-7305, www.galaxytheatres.com

No one under 18 will be allowed in the theatre on Friday or Saturday after 7pm without an adult.

Thu., July 18

CC 10:00am, 12:25, 2:55, 5:25, 7:55, 10:30

Fri., July 19

CC 10:00am, 12:25, 2:55, 5:25, 7:55, 10:30

Sat., July 20

CC 10:00am, 12:25, 2:55, 5:25, 7:55, 10:30

Sun., July 21

CC 10:00am, 12:25, 2:55, 5:25, 7:55, 10:30

Mon., July 22

CC 10:00am, 12:25, 2:55, 5:25, 7:55, 10:30

Tue., July 23

CC 10:00am, 12:25, 2:55, 5:25, 7:55, 10:30

Wed., July 24

CC 10:00am, 12:25, 2:55, 5:25, 7:55, 10:30

Gateway Theatre

9700 Stonelake, 512/416-5700

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Thu., July 18

CC/DVS 11:35am, 2:30, 5:05, 7:50, 10:35

Fri., July 19

CC/DVS 11:35am, 2:30, 5:05, 7:50, 10:35

Sat., July 20

CC/DVS 11:35am, 2:30, 5:05, 7:50, 10:35

Sun., July 21

CC/DVS 11:35am, 2:30, 5:05, 7:50, 10:35

Mon., July 22

CC/DVS 11:35am, 2:30, 5:05, 7:50, 10:35

Tue., July 23

CC/DVS 11:35am, 2:30, 5:05, 7:50, 10:35

Wed., July 24

CC/DVS 11:35am, 2:30, 5:05, 7:50, 10:35

iPic Theaters Austin

3225 Amy Donovan Plaza, 512/568-3400, www.ipic.com

Thu., July 18

1:55, 3:00, 4:45, 7:30, 11:00

Fri., July 19

10:15am, 3:15, 6:15, 9:30

Sat., July 20

10:15am, 3:15, 6:15, 9:30

Sun., July 21

12:00, 3:15, 6:15, 9:00

Mon., July 22

10:15am, 3:15, 6:15, 9:30

Tue., July 23

10:15am, 3:15, 6:15, 9:30

Wed., July 24

10:15am, 3:15, 6:15, 9:30

Metropolitan

901 Little Texas, 512/447-0101

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Thu., July 18

CC/DVS 12:45, 3:30, 7:15, 10:45

Fri., July 19

CC/DVS 11:50am, 2:30, 5:00, 7:40, 10:20

Sat., July 20

CC/DVS 12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:40, 10:20

Sun., July 21

CC/DVS 12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:40, 10:20

Mon., July 22

CC/DVS 12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 10:00

Tue., July 23

CC/DVS 12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 10:00

Wed., July 24

CC/DVS 12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 10:00

Moviehouse & Eatery

8300 N. FM 620, Bldg. B, 512/501-3520, www.themoviehouse.com/trails/

Thu., July 18

11:15am, 2:00, 4:45, 8:00, 10:55

Fri., July 19

12:15, 2:05, 5:30, 8:00, 10:40

Sat., July 20

12:15, 2:50, 5:30, 8:00, 10:40

Sun., July 21

12:15, 2:50, 5:30, 8:00, 10:45

Mon., July 22

12:15, 2:50, 5:30, 8:00, 10:45

Tue., July 23

12:15, 2:50, 5:30, 8:00, 10:45

Wed., July 24

12:15, 2:50, 5:30, 8:00, 10:45

Moviehouse & Eatery - Lantana Place

7415 Southwest Parkway, Building 7, 512/572-0770, www.themoviehouse.com/lantana/

Thu., July 18

11:55am, 2:45, 5:35, 8:30, 10:40, 10:45

Fri., July 19

12:10, 1:55, 4:45, 7:30, 10:25

Sat., July 20

12:10, 1:55, 4:45, 7:30, 10:45

Sun., July 21

12:10, 1:55, 4:45, 7:30, 10:45

Mon., July 22

12:10, 1:55, 4:45, 7:30, 10:45

Tue., July 23

1:55, 4:45, 7:30, 10:45

Wed., July 24

12:10, 1:55, 4:45, 7:30, 10:45

Schulman Theatres Lost Pines 8

1600 Chestnut St, Bastrop, 512/321-0123, www.schulmantheatres.com

Thu., July 18

10:05am, 12:50, 3:55, 6:50, 9:50

Fri., July 19

10:15am, 1:10, 4:25, 7:00, 9:55

Sat., July 20

10:15am, 1:10, 4:25, 7:00, 9:55

Sun., July 21

10:15am, 1:10, 4:25, 7:00, 9:55

Mon., July 22

10:15am, 1:10, 4:25, 7:00, 9:55

Tue., July 23

10:15am, 1:10, 4:25, 7:00, 9:55

Wed., July 24

10:15am, 1:10, 4:25, 7:00, 9:55

ShowBiz Cinemas 8 Marble Falls

2600 Hwy 281 North, Marble Falls

Call theatre for August 22-23 showtimes.

Thu., July 18

11:10am, 1:30, 5:00

Fri., July 19

11:40am, 2:20, 5:00, 7:40, 10:15

Sat., July 20

11:40am, 2:20, 5:00, 7:40, 10:15

Sun., July 21

11:40am, 2:10, 4:40, 7:30, 10:15

Mon., July 22

11:40am, 2:20, 5:00, 7:40, 10:15

Tue., July 23

11:40am, 2:20, 5:00, 7:40, 10:15

Wed., July 24

11:40am, 2:30, 4:40, 7:30, 10:15

Sky Cinemas

13201 US-290, 512/457-0700, www.skycinemas.com

Thu., July 18

11:10am, 1:45, 4:40, 7:15, 9:45

Fri., July 19

10:40am, 1:10, 3:40, 6:10, 8:40

Sat., July 20

10:40am, 1:10, 3:40, 6:10, 8:40

Sun., July 21

10:40am, 1:10, 3:40, 6:10, 8:40

Mon., July 22

10:40am, 1:10, 3:40, 6:10, 8:40

Tue., July 23

10:40am, 1:10, 3:40, 6:10, 8:40

Wed., July 24

10:40am, 1:10, 3:40, 6:10, 8:40

Thu., July 18

11:15am, 1:30, 5:00, 7:30, 10:15

Fri., July 19

2:20, 4:30, 6:45, 11:00

Sat., July 20

2:20, 4:30, 6:45, 11:00

Sun., July 21

1:50, 4:30, 6:50, 11:00

Mon., July 22

2:20, 4:30, 6:45, 11:00

Tue., July 23

2:20, 4:30, 6:45, 11:00

Wed., July 24

1:50, 4:30, 6:50, 11:00

Starplex 12 San Marcos

1250 Wonder World Drive, San Marcos, 512/805-8000

Thu., July 18

12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:30

Fri., July 19

12:00, 2:45, 5:15, 8:00, 10:30

Sat., July 20

12:00, 2:45, 5:15, 8:00, 10:30

Sun., July 21

12:00, 2:45, 5:15, 8:00, 10:30

Mon., July 22

12:00, 2:45, 5:15, 8:00, 10:30

Tue., July 23

12:00, 2:45, 5:15, 8:00, 10:30

Wed., July 24

12:00, 2:45, 5:15, 8:00, 10:30

Westgate 11

4477 S. Lamar, 512/899-2717

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Thu., July 18

CC/DVS 11:00am, 2:00, 4:40, 8:15, 11:00

Fri., July 19

CC/DVS 9:15am, 12:10, 3:40, 6:00, 10:45

Sat., July 20

CC/DVS 9:15am, 12:10, 3:40, 6:00, 10:15

Sun., July 21

CC/DVS 9:15am, 12:10, 3:40, 6:00, 10:15

Mon., July 22

CC/DVS 10:35am, 12:55, 3:15, 5:35, 7:55, 10:15

Tue., July 23

CC/DVS 12:55, 3:15, 5:35, 7:55, 10:15

Wed., July 24

CC/DVS 12:55, 3:15, 5:35, 7:55, 10:15

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