This is a refreshing movie at this time of year. Most big summer blockbusters have high stakes or are part of massive franchises, so this feels nice, to have a one-off simple comedy. But that being said, does this deliver on that promise?
LAPD officer Vic Manning (Dave Bautista) has a vendetta out for a heroin trafficker named Tedjo (Iko Uwais). And it just so happens that a big shipment is being delivered on the day that Manning receives Lasik surgery, so he can’t drive himself. His daughter (Natalie Morales) shows him how to use the Uber app on his phone, which is how he connects with Stu (Kumail Nanjiani). Stu hopes to do one more ride and then connect with the woman of his dreams (Betty Gilpin), who he’s loved forever and has finally broken up with her boyfriend. However, this ride takes much longer than expected as Stu now has to drive Vic throughout Los Angeles to track down and stop this heroin supply.
We know from experience that both Bautista and Nanjiani have comedic chops but it’s their dynamic together that really elevates this film. Bautista delivers plenty of great moments, both comedic and action, and he actually gets a few moments to really shine in ways he hasn’t before. Nanjiani doesn’t have to try so hard, his comedic style is dry and flies under the radar, little quips that sneak up on you. Together, you’ll laugh a lot and have a generally good time here.
It’s also a refreshingly quick-paced film, with the opening scene immediately throwing you into the action. Things happen quickly and you shouldn’t feel bored or be checking your watch, it all flows perfectly.
So if you want laughter, you’ll find it here. This is R-rated, so some of the comedy can be a tad raunchy, but most of you likely expect that going in.
What doesn’t work?
While there is some action here, the fight sequences weren’t as impressive as I would’ve hoped, considering Bautista’s experience paired up with The Raid‘s Iko Uwais. Director Michael Dowse hasn’t done many films, nonetheless films with an action emphasis, so he likely just didn’t know how to capitalize on these two talents.
This is a brief review because it’s a simple one. This is a great comedy and is a no-brainer if you’re looking for some hilarious escapism. The action moments fell a little flat, considering who they had at their disposal, but it still makes for a great time at the movies. It’s all made even better seeing Nanjiani and Bautista’s real life friendship that has developed after this film.