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Parents' Guide to

Stuber

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Few laughs in uninspired, violent action comedy.

Movie R 2019 105 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 18+
age 16+

Lots of gratuitous violence and swearing, but still funny

Our family (adult children) watched this last night and we had a lot of laughs. The movie is somewhat predictable but still entertaining.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (9 ):

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.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: July 12, 2019
  • On DVD or streaming: October 15, 2019
  • Cast: Kumail Nanjiani , Dave Bautista , Karen Gillan
  • Director: Michael Dowse
  • Inclusion Information: Indian/South Asian actors, Asian actors, Female actors
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 105 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: violence and language throughout, some sexual references and brief graphic nudity
  • Last updated: March 31, 2022

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