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|Laufzeit:||Ca. 93 Min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
Such bad luck: Just on the day that the tough cop Vic Manning (Dave Bautista) is put out of action by an eye examination, he gets clues about the whereabouts of the drug baron Oka Tedjo (Iko Uwais), who has Vic's partner on his conscience. He can't follow the clues without help, Vic is almost blind for the next few hours. Without further ado, the good-natured over-driver Stu (Kumail Nanjiani), who was only supposed to bring Vic to an opening of his daughter (Natalie Morales), becomes a partner against his will. Whether Stu wants it or not, he's got to help the cop with the manhunt. But whether he is the right one for it, may be rightly doubted…
"Stuber: 5 stars undercover" should actually work perfectly. The idea of sending a half-blind muscleman on a manhunt with an inconspicuous jerk is just another variant of the heavily worn buddy cop genre. But this variation has a lot of comedic potential. Spiced with surprisingly bloody comedy action, this is actually the stuff for a really enjoyable movie night. Well, there's only one small problem: For that to work, the script and the direction have to be right. And that's unfortunately not the case here.
The script is a collection of rather tired gags. Responsible for this is Tripper Clancy, who already committed the unspeakable Schweiger/Schweighöfer-Klamauk "Hot Dogs". Director Michael Dowse ("The F-Word", "Goon") tries to make the weak corny ones work by having his actors perform them as loud as possible. But even loud yelling doesn't make weak gags any better. But - and this has to be said in order to save the movie's honour - there are also some really good laughs, so that you will be entertained in a very solid way.
In addition, the action is, as already said, surprisingly edgy. Here and there it goes right to the point. After all, some of the script's weaknesses can be ironed out again. But not all of them. "Stuber: 5 stars undercover" is not really bad, but not really good either. It's neither a gripping action tear, nor a really funny buddy comedy. The film has something of everything but nothing enough. And there can only be one conclusion to that: Worth seeing only with clear concessions!
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