Stuck

  • Review Date: June 4, 2008
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Year: 2008
  • Running Time: 85 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Darkly funny morality tale for mature gore lovers.
  • Review Date: June 4, 2008
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Year: 2008
  • Running Time: 85 minutes

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Amoral, monstrous behavior moves the plot from beginning to end. From the lowliest landlord in a sleazebag hotel to a suit-and-tie government bureaucrat, the characters have no moral compass. Cruelty, selfishness, and indifference consistently override common decency.

Violence

Very violent and bloody car accident in which a man's head crashes through the windshield; gory aftermath of accident is shown in scene after scene; point-blank gunfire; a woman is set ablaze and burns to death on camera; a man is stabbed in the face with a pen.

Sex

Nudity in several scenes includes breasts and full bodies in partial shadow. A fight occurs with one participating woman completely nude; lengthy intercourse sequence.

Language

Cursing predominant throughout the movie. Language includes "f--k," "a--hole," "f--king," "s--t," "bulls--t." The opening scenes are accompanied by a rap song with explicit lyrics.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drugs (Ecstasy, marijuana) used on several occasions. Characters drive while under the influence. A main character is a drug dealer. Alcohol is consumed in several scenes.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film uses violence, blood, and gore -- along with graphic sex and drug use -- to make the point that, in one character's words, "anybody can do anything to anyone and get away with it." A man is stabbed in the face with a pen, a graphic sexual scene is intercut with scenes of a blood-covered man in excruciating pain, a nursing assistant must clean up the visible excrement of an elderly patient, a dog chews on the bloody leg of an incapacitated but conscious man, and so on. The language is similarly strong, with everything from "f--k" to "bulls--t" used frequently. In other words? Not for kids!

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What's the story?

STUCK is director Stuart Gordon's fictionalized version of an actual event that happened when a Texas woman, driving under the influence, hit a pedestrian and sent him flying into her windshield. There he remained -- stuck -- bleeding and in critical condition. Panicked, she drove him to her house instead of the hospital, hiding him in the garage. She proceeded to let him bleed to death, alone and untreated, then tried to cover up the "accident" by enlisting friends to help her drop the body at a local park and set it on fire. In the film, Mena Suvari takes on the role of Brandi, a seemingly compassionate nurse's aid in line for a promotion, and Stephen Rea is Tom, the recently homeless man she strikes down.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Gordon brings his experience behind the camera on films like Re-Animator to tell this gory, offbeat tale. The movie plays as a series of escalating situations in which simple human decency takes a back seat to every character's self-interest. Brandi, in particular, will go to any lengths to save herself. And Tom, who really needs saving, matches her efforts with his own. As Brandi's behavior gets more and more laughable -- and the blood and gore goes further and further "over-the-top," filling the screen with nightmarish visuals -- Gordon's intent is quite clear. He wants to test his audience's ability to withstand a powerful assault on the senses while driving home his theme of epidemic self-interest.

The performances are excellent throughout, particularly Russell Hornsby as Brandi's lover and reluctant accomplice. If you're looking a splatter movie that's well-made and has a strong message, Stuck delivers.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the fact that the movie is "inspired" by a true story. Why do you think the filmmakers decided to make this particular story into a horror film? What were they trying to say about the shameful behavior of most of the characters? Did you ever find yourself laughing at how far Brandi went to save herself? Do you think the filmmakers wanted you to laugh? What audience do you think this movie was made for?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:May 30, 2008
DVD release date:October 14, 2008
Cast:Mena Suvari, Russell Hornsby, Stephen Rea
Director:Stuart Gordon
Studio:THINKFilm
Genre:Horror
Run time:85 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:strong violence, disturbing content, sexuality/nudity, language and drug use.

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Teen, 13 years old Written bycerealkiller189 January 21, 2012
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Stuck movie review.

I just got it today from Best Buy.To sum it all up,mature teens only.

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