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STUBER (2019): The Thing I Liked…

Stuber (2019), Kumail Nanjiani, 20th Century Fox
Stuber (2019), Kumail Nanjiani, 20th Century Fox

In Dave Bautista and Kumail Nanjiani’s action / comedy Stuber, where a cop recruits his Uber driver into an unexpected night of adventure, Bautista and Nanjiani’s characters did deliver some amusement. Yet, if I had to choose, my favourite characters were played by Betty Gilpin – because there’s just something about her delivery, and Iko Uwais, thanks to his great stunt work as villain Oka Tedjo.     

Minus some of Nanjiani’s lines which felt unnecessary and out of place, Bautista’s Vic Manning and Nanjiani’s Stu had some good moments. It’s just unfortunate that I definitely lost faith in the movie because I couldn’t believe that anyone in their right mind would remove their protective glasses within a few hours of undergoing laser eye surgery – and against doctor’s orders. It’s even worse because not only did I not believe the decision, I didn’t buy the character’s motivation for making said decision.

Perhaps your own tolerance for a character’s carelessness with their vision is much higher than mine and Stuber definitely has some good / fun dialogue- and action sequences. As such, why not give it a chance if you’re intrigued?

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STUBER (2019): Dave Bautista, Kumail Nanjiani, KAREN GILLAN, Iko Uwais…

Stuber (2019), Dave Bautista, Kumail Nanjiani, 20th Century Fox

Read my spoiler-free movie review of Stuber (2019).


Dave Bautista, Kumail Nanjiani, Karen Gillian and Iko Uwais are the stars of new action / comedyStuber.

Directed by Michael Dowse, Bautista plays a detective who recruits his Uber driver (Nanjiani) into an unexpected night of adventure…

The pairing of Bautista and Nanjiani looks like a great idea with very entertaining results. Just the previous day I mentioned having not seen Bautista in many roles where he’s the lead. And now we have two in a row. I’m definitely not in any way complaining.

Natalie Morales, Betty Gilpin, Mira Sorvino, Jimmy Tatro, Joshua Mikel, Scott Lawrence and Christine Horn also star.

Stuber Release Dates: July 12th, 2019 (US & UK)…

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POOP TALK (2017): New Trailer For Aaron N. Feldman Documentary About Poop…

Poop Talk (2017), Eric Stonestreet
Poop Talk (2017), Eric Stonestreet

Poop Talk is a An Aaron N. Feldman written / directed documentary that features funny people talking about poop. The list of funny people includes Kumail Nanjiani, Eric Stonestreet, Aisha Tyler and Rob Corddry – to name just a few…

I’m intrigued about what comedians have to say on the subject. I also find myself fine with listening to them them talk about poop because they’ll likely make me laugh. What I find myself disgusted by however, is the ‘clever’ brown poop smear overlay that appears with each speakers name in this trailer.  Clearly talk is one thing, but seeing is something else entirely.

Poop Talk Release Dates: February 1st, 2018 (US)…

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THE BIG SICK (2017): The Thing I Liked…

The Big Sick (2017), Zoe Kazan, Kumail Nanjiani
The Big Sick (2017), Zoe Kazan, Kumail Nanjiani

I’m not sure that I’ve ever seen a feature length movie about an interracial relationship between a caucasian female and a Pakistani male before, but I really like the way the struggles that come with the resultant culture clash and other challenging life events are captured with humour in The Big Sick.

What the lead actors Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan did acting-wise, as the couple in the interracial relationship has resulted in a funny, romantic and definitely dramatic movie; a movie that does a good job of delivering laughs as well as a certain realism to the events that take place. 

Some of the realism is likely helped by the fact that The Big Sick is based on the actual lives of the film’s writers – Nanjiani and wife wife Emily V. Gordon. But really, director Michael Showalter and all the other actors involved, including Holly Hunter, Ray Romano and Adeel Akhtar all deliver well balanced performances.

I for one have zero complaints about the The Big Sick. Certainly not in regards to the pace of the story. You’ll likely shed a tear or two, especially if you’re not, how you say…? ‘completely dead inside.’

One more thing… wasn’t the ending just beautiful?

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MIKE & DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES (2016): The Things I Liked…

Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016), Zac Efron, Adam DeVine
Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016), Zac Efron, Adam DeVine

During Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates, it didn’t take long before I found myself thinking ‘Oh great, this is one of those types of comedies.’ This unfortunate thought entered my mind within the first ten minutes during the intervention scene. A scene where the immature, co-dependent brothers played by Zac Efron and Adam DeVine respond to their family’s accusation that they ‘rile each other up’. The joke here contained gratuitous use of expletives and was unfortunately over-stretched to the point where I wanted to shout ‘CUT!

I promise that I generally do enjoy the effective and creative use of colourful language – just not when it’s over-used to the point where it removes rather than adds to the desired effect, comic or otherwise. There were additional disappointing moments where I thought, ‘Really? That’s how that would happen?’ But I persevered nonetheless.

In terms of the good things about director Jake Szymanski’s movie, one of the funniest and most refreshing moments is the dialogue between DeVine and Aubrey Plaza in the scene where they whisper to each other outside their Hawaii hotel rooms. There’s also the rather well-executed massage sequence thanks to an impressive performance by Sugar Lyn Beard and Kumail Nanjiani.

Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016), Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza
Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016), Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza

Overall, instead of Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates being the ‘comedy of the summer’ it could have been, what we seem to have is a series of comedy sketches in what ought to have been an improvisation class setting because a lot the jokes / story still needed sharpening and editing down.

Last words from me: Seek out the great scenes highlighted above. Otherwise just do whatever makes you happy. For me, Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates is one more reminder that a truly good comedy is so very hard to make. Why not try Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008). It’s very special indeed.

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