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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Amid the over-the-top content is an indirect, tentative message about teamwork/opposites coming together and bringing out the best in each other. Mixed messages about what it means to "be a man."
Positive Role Models
Even though the heroes save the day, their methods involve plenty of wreckage and iffy behavior, with no consequences, so they can't really be considered role models.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of action-movie style shoot-outs and fighting. Guns fired, dead bodies. Blood spurts/bleeding. Martial arts-style fighting. Punching. Hitting with blunt objects. Falls from high places. Car chases, crashes. Explosions. A bullet is surgically removed, with blood and gore shown.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Brief, graphic, full-frontal male nudity (in the background but definitely visible). Naked male butt. Scene set inside a strip club includes scantily clad men. Frequent sex talk/innuendo. Some sexual gestures.
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Tons of extremely strong language, including multiple uses of "f--k," "motherf----r," "s--t," "a--hole," "bitch," "d--k," "c--ksucker," "t--ties," "damn," "vagina," "jackass," "humping," "goddamn," "penis," "balls," "friggin'," and "anal."
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Products & Purchases
Many, many mentions of Uber, both positive and humorous. Scene set inside a Sriracha hot sauce factory. Use of Nissan Leaf automobile. Use of Twitter. References to LASIK eye surgery.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Bad guys are drug smugglers; little bags of heroin are shown, and heroin is mentioned. A woman talks about drinking tequila and appears to be drunk. A character quickly drinks two glasses of champagne.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Stuber is an odd-couple action comedy about a new Uber driver named Stu (Kumail Nanjiani) who picks up Vic (Dave Bautista), a loud, aggressive LAPD officer recovering from eye surgery. Expect plenty of mature content: Violence is strong, with lots of guns and shooting, dead bodies, blood spurts/bloody wounds, some gore, martial arts-style fighting, punching, hitting with blunt objects, car chases, crashes, and explosions. Language is constant and profane, with countless uses of "f--k," "motherf----r," "s--t," and more. A scene in a male strip club includes brief, graphic, full-frontal male nudity, and there's plenty of sex talk, innuendo, and sexual gestures. Product placement is more obvious than in many movies, with constant references to Uber, plus sriracha, Nissan Leaf, Twitter, and LASIK. The bad guys are drug dealers, heroin is mentioned, and little bags of heroin are shown. A woman talks about drinking tequila and appears to be drunk. You'll likely chuckle a few times, but overall the movie feels rushed and routine. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Bautista and Nanjiani are likable enough together, and the movie has a few laughs, but overall it feels rushed and routine. It's difficult to care about the lazy plot or the characters' involvement in it. Stuber starts badly, with a violent fight/shoot-out scene that's shot in headache-inducing shaky-cam, and the fact that Bautista is back together with his Guardians of the Galaxy co-star Gillan offers little comfort. Simultaneously, Uwais -- who was previously the charismatic hero of the Raid movies -- is painted as a nasty, hateful, paper-thin villain who simply seems to enjoy killing cops and their friends and families.
Revenge is supposed to drive the plot, but there's no fire or fury here, and it feels empty. In one cross-cut scene, Vic interviews a woman while Stu has a heart-to-heart conversation with a male stripper; each time the film cuts back to Vic furthering the movie's plot, the scene just dies. Indeed, all of the funniest lines are simply that, asides that hover slightly above and outside the plot. The rest of Stuber -- all yelling and crashing and destruction (not to mention ridiculous product placement) -- is flat-out tired. It's too bad Bautista and Nanjiani couldn't have been paired up in something more worthy of their time and talents.
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