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"#Stuck": The Innocent One-Night-Stand Is Complicated by the Villainous Morning Commute 

Tuesday, Oct 7 2014
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Stuart Archer's #Stuck is a decent example of how cinematic a movie with a budget less than $1 million can be, even if it never quite has the emotional resonance of the thematically similar Where We Started. The morning after a one-night stand, the only thing that Holly (Madeline Zima) and Guy (Joel David Moore) regret more than having slept with a stranger is now being stuck in a car with that stranger, stranded in a gnarly traffic jam. As Holly and Guy grudgingly get to know each other for lack of anything better to do, the movie intersperses Memento-style flashbacks to the night before, each time flashing back to earlier in the evening, revealing what led each of them into that particular bar. The flashbacks include many audacious POV shots, including the characters looking directly into mirrors, the kind of thing that was extremely difficult to pull off before CGI. There are also similar POV shots while they're having sex, which just goes to show that unless you're one of the people in mid-rut, sex is very goofy-looking. And while the hashtag is a part of the film's title, social media doesn't really factor into the story at all, but it'll probably help bump #Stuck higher up in the VOD listings.

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