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Stuber | 2019 | R | – 6.8.10

content-ratingsWhy is “Stuber” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “violence and language throughout, some sexual references and brief graphic nudity.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a couple of scenes in a male exotic dance club with brief frontal and full back nudity; several scenes of gunfights that end with bloody wounds and death, car chases with explosions and implied death, fight scenes and arguments, and references to heroin use and drug dealing; and about 50 F-words. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.”


An abrasive police detective (David Bautista) commandeers a soft-spoken Uber driver (Kumail Nanjiani) and his car to chase druglords, killers and terrorists. During the haphazard journey, the driver becomes his reluctant partner, desperately trying to hold onto both his life and 5-star rating. Also with Iko Uwais, Natalie Morales, Betty Gilpin, Karen Gillan, Mira Sorvino and Jimmy Tatro. Directed by Michael Dowse. [Running Time: 1:33]

Stuber SEX/NUDITY 6

 – In a strip club dressing room, we see several shirtless men and two of the men have glistening, oiled skin and another man walks away from the camera to briefly reveal his penis and full back nudity (bare buttocks, back and legs are seen). Two men enter a male strip club where we see a man wearing a loincloth with his back to the camera as he places his hands on a dancing pole (he does not dance) and women at a table watch him (his bare back, shoulders, buttocks and thighs); three shirtless men wearing shorts walk through the area.
 A woman wears a deeply cut top that reveals some cleavage and her bare abdomen under a jacket. A woman wears short-shorts that reveal bare legs to the tops of the thighs.
 A man sarcastically accuses two men in a store of being homeless guys trying to have sex and he then says that he masturbated in the handicapped stall. A woman refers to Catholics having anal sex.


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Stuber VIOLENCE/GORE 8

 – Two police officers enter a hotel room with guns drawn and a man fires a handgun several times until the officers return fire and a bullet blows off the top of a third man’s head (we see blood splatter backwards); an officer and a man fight, fall and break furniture, and the officer hits the man on the head with a strongbox, but the man escapes, climbing and jumping down the hotel atrium balconies; he falls several stories face down (no blood flows), the officer jumps to the floor, falling on his face, which becomes bloodied and the two men resume fighting until the other officer points a gun at them; she is shot in the abdomen, she falls, bleeding and groaning as the other officer screams and the criminal escapes (blood trickles from the injured officer’s mouth and we later hear that she died).
 Several gunmen enter a veterinary clinic where a man passes out in fear, a shootout occurs as animals (none are harmed) watch, equipment is broken by loud gunfire and several gunmen fall to the floor with some blood until a man throws heavy cans at the overhead lights to extinguish them and outside a police officer shoots the veterinarian, who falls off-screen. A man driving a car argues with an arrested man wearing handcuffs and accidentally shoots him in the leg (we see some blood as the criminal screams) and three children are watching from across the street. A man shoots another man, who is off-screen, and we hear a thud when the victim falls.
 Criminals and a police officer shoot at each other during a chase on a highway until a man throws a small propane canister at the other vehicle, where it smashes the windshield, slams into the driver’s face (we see a bloody hamburger-like wound) and the car explodes into flames; the other vehicle drives off an overpass and falls on its roof but the two men inside are only shaken, limp a little, and have cuts on their faces (the car later bursts into flames).
 A man shoots a police officer in the shoulder and he falls as a woman shoots another woman killing her (no blood is seen), a man grabs the first woman and holds a gun on her, but the wounded officer stabs the man in the leg with a pocket knife and we see some blood. A man tosses hot sauce into another man’s face and points a handgun at him and fires (the gun does not discharge), the second man and a police officer fistfight, and another man bites the hand of the second man as he shoots at a woman, but another man jumps in front of the bullet as the officer grabs the criminal and chokes him until police backup arrives. A police officer points a handgun at several men and women in a house as the people scramble to hide packets of drugs and the officer punches two men, jams drug packets down another man’s throat, and arrests another man, taking him to a car in handcuffs.
 A man with a bullet wound passes out and is taken to a veterinary clinic where we see a bloody bullet dropped into a pan, a man pushes a thumb into the man’s wound to make him give information while screaming and another man bites the man’s hand.
 Two men enter a closed big box store and gather rifles and ammunition, they argue loudly, one man hitting the other man with a golf club, and both men throwing things from shelves at each other; one man punches a mannequin and falls through a rack of bicycles, bending them and the two men break showcases and hit each other with clubs, and then strike each other in the groin and fall down groaning as a third man enters and points a crossbow at the intruders and the three men argue briefly. A man breaks a glass wall to set off an alarm to call the police and runs out of the frame.
 A police officer chases a criminal through a hot sauce factory and workers run out to hide inside a van until the officer and another man join them, and the officer drives the van to escape a man intent on killing them; he then drives through a large warehouse door and hits a boat parked outside (no one is injured).
 A man with poor eyesight falls over things in a warehouse, trips, and shouts at a dead body (we see some blood on the floor). In a long shot we see armed men pile up several bodies of dead men in a parking lot. We see several pictures on a cellphone of dead bodies face down, with large splotches of blood on a nearby wall. Two men in a hospital room are seen with slings casts and one man has cuts across his face and we see an IV bag at the head of the bed (no IV line is visible); the two men rise and hug and one of the men weeps briefly.
 A police officer has Lasik eye surgery and we see a red laser beamed into each of his eyes for a few seconds and he cannot see for the rest of the day but drives a car and destroys a neighbor’s yard, a few trees on a street, and he sideswipes another car to cause an old woman inside it to hit her head on a side window (we see no blood); the man drives his car into a deep construction hole in a street, exits, and commandeers an Uber taxi and he and the driver argue for several seconds before the driver agrees to help him.
 Two men have several very loud arguments. A man shouts at two women to get out of a hired car and they scream and run out of the frame. A man says that as a child his father left him in the desert overnight without food and water to go drinking in a nearby city, leaving him with only a pocket knife; he says this experience “made a man of him,” but another man says the father was only abusive.
 A man in the backseat of a car vomits a milkshake into the front seat toward the camera (we see goo). A man in a warehouse vomits a lot of white material onto a concrete floor. A dog vomits up several small packets of illegal drugs (we see some goo on the packets). A man spits something brown onto another man’s shirt.


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Stuber LANGUAGE 10

 – About 50 F-words and its derivatives, 12 sexual references, 35 scatological terms, 36 anatomical terms, 12 mild obscenities, name-calling (crazy, loco, stupid, pansy, coward, pig, scumbag, racist, ugly, old hag, abrasive, little girl, Little Man Uber, Dolph Lundgren, Nick Lachey, Fat Freddie Mercury, Kobra Kai), exclamations (wow, shut-up), 3 religious profanities (GD), 20 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, Oh God, God, Jesus). | profanity glossary |


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Stuber SUBSTANCE USE

 – A man is depicted as a drug lord who sells heroin to children and youth (we don’t see this), we see a few small brown packets of unnamed drugs on a table among empty beer bottles (no one uses the drugs or drinks alcohol in the scene). A man chugs two glasses of wine at a gallery showing, several empty beer cans lie on the floor in a corner, a woman drinks wine at home and says she is drunk, a few drinks are seen on tables in a club and no one drinks, and a man at home drinks from a bottle of beer. A man holds a cigarette but does not smoke.


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Stuber DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Drug dealers, violence, cop killers, murder, death, helping the police, saving children and youth from drugs, corrupt police officials, justice, responsibility, parenting, bullies, friendship, relationships, honesty.

Stuber MESSAGE

 – Friendships happen in unlikely places.

CAVEATS

Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.



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