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  • Summary: Stuck is a tabloid-tinged thriller inspired by true events. Brandi is a compassionate young retirement-home caregiver in-line for a promotion. Tom is a victim of the downsized economy, out of work and newly homeless. Their worlds collide when Brandi, driving home from a club after too manyStuck is a tabloid-tinged thriller inspired by true events. Brandi is a compassionate young retirement-home caregiver in-line for a promotion. Tom is a victim of the downsized economy, out of work and newly homeless. Their worlds collide when Brandi, driving home from a club after too many drinks and pills, accidentally hits Tom, the impact smashing his body head-first through her car’s windshield. If discovered, this “accident” will extinguish her bright future, so instead of saving him, her plan is to let him pass and dispose of the body later. Faced with this reality, Tom knows he must escape if he wants to survive. (THINKFilm) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. 91
    It's a righteously nasty piece of work, and a rare example of a movie that traffics in B-movie grime without a trace of "Grindhouse"-style self-consciousness.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    75
    A drum-tight, extremely grisly thriller. And odd as it may sound given the subject matter, it's also surprisingly funny.
  3. 70
    These people can behave well or poorly, but they were already bugs on the windshield of life before their unhappy collision.
  4. Reviewed by: Bob Mondello
    65
    Stuart Gordon's inventions -- vivid, gruesome and occasionally quite funny -- offer a just-deserts ending and make both characters surprisingly active participants in their fates.
  5. 63
    There are times when it is bitingly funny and times when its bloodiness can cause a wince and a shudder - but director Stuart Gordon is not adept at blending the two extremes into a cohesive whole.
  6. At its best, Gordon's work is bracing and pointed, though it's not for the queasy.
  7. 30
    As the title of this splatter comedy by writer-director Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator) indicates, he's like a bug stuck to her windshield, and that's about the level of humanity and insight one can expect here.

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  1. Jun 26, 2012
    9
    Stuck is a fascinating character study by way of thoroughly entertaining B-Horror. It weaves a fictional narrative with basis on the trueStuck is a fascinating character study by way of thoroughly entertaining B-Horror. It weaves a fictional narrative with basis on the true story of a woman from Fort Worth (to absolutely no one's surprise) and the man stuck in her windshield. Mena Suvari stars as Brandi, a nursing home assistant whose life could possibly be better if she could only get that promotion. Stephen Rea co-stars as Tom, who has recently lost his job and been evicted from his apartment. After partying a little too heavily, Brandi decides to drive home. She soon hits Tom, providing the film with its central predicament. She does not stop, and somehow manages to make her way home without attracting much attention. From there she calls her part-time boyfriend, full-time drug dealer Rashid (Russell Hornsby) and the two attempt to plot a way out. Director Stuart Gordon has shown time and again that he can find humor in unlikely places, and his work here proves no exception. Stuck is often darkly hilarious in its depiction of Brandi, cornrows and all, whose sickening attempts at self-preservation (she really does want her promotion) are generally botched by her short-sightedness and stupidity. Suvari is unflinching in her performance, diving head-first into questionable material and coming out on top. The scenes involving Tom's attempts at escape manage to disgust, dishearten, and entertain equally. Rea is an excellent character actor, and his ability to evoke sympathy does not get in the way of the admittedly gallows humor. Though improbable in its climax, Stuck never falters and delivers an extremely satisfying conclusion. This film is clearly not for everyone, and will likely turn off many a viewer. However if you enjoy a mix of black comedy and gritty horror with a splash of biting social commentary, you will likely find Stuck right up your alley. Expand

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