Stuck

Stuck is a B movie of the very best kind. It feels like it came right out of the seventies, and reminds us of the Tarantino/Rodriguez Grindhouse of last year.  This is the most recent project of Stuart Gordon who has been directing horror films since the late seventies.

The story was created by Gordon, and the screenplay was written by John Strysik.  It follows Brandi Boski (Mena Suvari), a nurse’s assistant of uncommon caliber.  She’s stuck changing the diapers of quirky senior citizens at a nursing home, and shamelessly sucks up to her bitch of a boss at the mere hint of a possible promotion.  By night, she’s a clubber, choosing to get crunk and roll on X sold by her cheating boyfriend Rashid (Russell Hornsby).  Coming home from a club, drunk and high, she hits a newly homeless man named Thomas Bardo (Stephen Rea).  The man flies halfway through her windshield and gets stuck there.  Confused, Brandi doesn’t know what to do, so she drives around town with the man stuck on her hood determining what the best action to take is.

The situation is horrendous, the gore is intensely graphic, if Gordon hadn’t expertly injected a much needed sense of humor (even the name of the film suggests irreverence for a hit-and-run), this ‘true story’ would have been pointless.  Thanks to the sardonic, black humor of the piece, we’re able to enjoy it immensely.  Most scenes will have you squirming in your seat, whether it’s the over-the-top gore antics, the sanitation of the elderly, the cat fight between Rashid’s girl on the side and Brandi (one of the two is completely naked, and a frying pan is involved), the shock value is never forgotten.  The real beauty is its ability to jar you with outrageous humor, while simultaneously striking much too close to home with its realism.

★★★☆

Rottentomatoes: 72%Cream of the Crop: 79%

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  1. Reel Whore says:

    I’ve been curious about this since I first heard of it. It sounds like my kind of depraved film. Suvari is a pretty decent actress too.

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