Parents' Guide to

Stuck Together

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Neighbors comically deal with pandemic; language, racism.

Movie NR 2021 125 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 10+

age 10+

Rating is good

It's fine to watch with kids from 10/11 ish up! A bit of swearing but not to bad.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

Stuck Together is a creaky attempt at finding the hidden good in people by way of mocking the ugly. The humor verges on the idiotic, presenting a baseline for humanity as a bunch of selfish, ill-informed, racist, misogynist, and otherwise offensive people. The movie tries unconvincingly to imply that the crisis has made people both worse and better. The trouble is the remarkable transitions from repugnant to decent, from idiotic to intelligent, from hostile to kind, from exclusionary to embracing that some characters supposedly undergo are all utterly unfounded. Nothing we see could possibly transform the macho racist misogynist to a warmhearted exemplar of acceptance and goodness.

Worse yet, there are no surprises here. It's clear from the start that the mysterious "North African" new tenant everyone suspects of wrongdoing will turn out to be the most heroic person among them. At times the writer-director doesn't even seem to know his own characters. An accomplished criminal attorney "admits" that she's not assertive, a conclusion she comes to because a brainless delinquent client has fired her, and her boss, the uncle of that lawbreaker, gets mad at her. Her insistence that those events exposed a character flaw in her is as ridiculous as it is offensive, insinuating that competent professional women crumble and blame themselves when other people behave badly. Rare touching moments, too few and too late, do nothing to redeem this.

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