Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 108 minutes
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A drug dealer, a pedophile, a low-down two-timer, a wannabe actress, and some sort of spaced-out, retarded writer are all stuck in the desert together. The punchline? Well, there is no punchline; this is simply the set-up for the feature film “Stuck,” which I figured would contain plenty of punchlines seeing as the first third of the film has our characters, stuck in a stalled car in the middle of the desert, telling wacky stories about recent boo-boos in their lives. That’s cool with me, but there are a couple problems in the case of this film.
First off – these stories are only barely funny. As the tales are told, we’re flashbacked so we can see them acted out and the most I got out of these adventures in time was a chuckle or two. For example – one of the guys, a 26-year-old, is telling a story about his 17-year-old fling, so we see him sitting on the couch with this girl as she’s telling him about her father who is a narcoleptic. A little spooked, he asks, “He…likes…sex…with the dead?” There it is. To me, that’s the apex of funny in this movie.
The second problem is that after mid-way into the film, it starts to take itself seriously and keeps heading in this direction, aiming for a kind of – “Let’s forget the past and look toward a brave new future” type of deal. Hey, even if the jokes weren’t all that gut busting, at least they weren’t bad enough to make me want to jump out of a window. Seen plenty of those and I have the scars to prove it. But once things started getting serious, such as the two-timer and the wannabe actress facing a make-up, or break-up type of situation, my attention began drifting away and it kinda stayed elsewhere until the ending credits rolled.
Still, there’s definite talent bubbling here and that’s what’ll keep you watching.
Posted on April 12, 2003 in Reviews by Eric Campos
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