Parents' Guide to

Stuck

By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Mature themes, swearing in kindness-and-connection musical.

Movie PG-13 2019 90 minutes
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This modern musical so earnestly sings about Americans' social issues that it's essentially Sesame Street for teens and adults. Every topic -- from mental illness to unwanted pregnancy -- has its own song designed to expand our understanding that each person is more than a label. The intention is fantastic, but the obviousness can feel a bit like SNL's recurring "High School Theater Show" sketch, in which teens think they're pointing out society's injustices in an avant garde way.

Putting a bunch of extreme personalities into a room and forcing them to interact is a tried-and-true plot trick of the stage that's been employed to great effect in movies like 12 Angry Men and The Breakfast Club. It's often used for the purpose of breaking down prejudice to show people for who they truly are, just like in Stuck. What's new is adding music to it, and Riley Thomas' music is exceptional -- clean, concise, and clear in its messaging. It's all very Free to Be You and Me, but -- unlike that hallmark soundtrack -- it probably won't change anyone's outlook.

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