Watch These Movies Before Stuber

first_img As usual, the summer of 2019 is dominated by movies in long-running franchises you know and either love or just still go and see out of obligation. However, Disney can’t put out a big new movie every week… yet. So sometimes something smaller and a little more original slips through the cracks like an R-rated buddy cop action-comedy. Like Stuber! (Oh wait, this is a Fox movie so it actually is a Disney movie after all.)Watch these movies before Stuber. Stay on target Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekWatch These Movies Before ‘Hustlers’ center_img The Big SickI’ve been a fan of comedian Kumail Nanjiani for years now. He co-hosted a great video game podcast and was a quiet riot on shows like Portlandia and Silicon Valley. And now he’s in the middle of a much-deserved Hollywood breakthrough. For that, you can thank The Big Sick, the Oscar-nominated romantic comedy based on his real relationship with wife and other podcast host Emily V. Gordon, who co-wrote the script. Plus Ray Romano is pretty good in it.Guardians of the GalaxyI guess Dave Bautista is a famous pro wrestler but because I’m a real person my first exposure to him was as Drax The Destroyer in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Even in a movie filled with funny characters, Drax is particularly funny with his serious muscly body and grim personality paired with an inability to understand simple metaphors. He’s only gotten dumber, and funnier, since.TaxiStuber’s high-concept premise has Bautista’s LAPD detective turning an unwitting Uber driver named Stu into his partner and getaway vehicle. And if you remember, before Uber there were taxis. Taxi, a remake of a French film series, is basically the same idea. Jimmy Fallon is a cop without a driver’s license, so he teams up with taxi driver Queen Latifah to fight New York City crime.Taxi DriverIf you want a darker on take “mild-mannered taxi driver becomes more aggressively dangerously unhinged masculine” check out Martin Scorsese’s classic Taxi Driver. Not only will you understand way more Robert De Niro jokes but you can say you liked it before Joker fanboys make Martin Scorsese appreciation a bit more problematic.Rush HourThey’re not that great, but the Rush Hour series is pretty high up there when it comes to popular buddy cop franchises of the post-80s heyday. Jackie Chan is pretty entertaining no matter what and Chris Tucker is ripe for critical reappraisal any minute now. Stuber is playing the same game by pairing a comedic action-athlete actor with a straight-up comedian.CollateralOne of the criticisms of Stuber is that it is so violent it messes with the comedic tone. If that’s the case, just watch Collateral. This Michael Mann joint is a straight-up thriller about a hitman who hires a taxi driver to ferry him around LA as he does his work. It’s pretty great and seeing Tom Cruise as a white-haired villain is still novel.21 Jump StreetBy far the best buddy cop movie of this generation is 21 Jump Street. Based on the old TV show about undercover cops in high school (including Johnny Depp!), this continuation actively acknowledges how dumb and cynical it is to recycle that “legacy.” It’s hilarious. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum make a great mismatched pair. And it’s still a crime that brilliant directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller got booted from that pointless Han Solo prequel only they could’ve saved.last_img read more