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For the most part, this is a very tastefully made film with only a few moments of nudity and sensuality. A 20-Aughties conception of life, legal system, and prison in the 1950's that occasionally feels satirical, but the heart-heavy story sticks the landing. If you're looking for a 1970's Pam Grier-style women in prison film, where the prisoners wear slightly oversized T shirts or tank tops and underwear as the inmate uniform and end up topless multiple times, this isn't one. With the "love it, like it, okay, dislike, hate" rating system it lands above "okay" and falls slightly short of "like it." Like another reviewer said, I hope to see more Starina Johnson films.
Cliche to the max and impossible to take seriously. Possibly the lowest budget feature length film ever made. There's no indication the girl ever had an attorney, and a mere suggestion that she actually had a trial. I suppose it was all an attempt at some kind of character development. Main character isn't the worst actress ever, but she ends up looking more schizophrenic than developed.
Huge disparity between the volume of the filler music and the dialog. If you really hate yourself and choose to watch this anyway, keep your finger close to the volume button.
For a completely opposite review, see the one by The Most Delusional Author in the World.
By Dr. Joseph Suglia, The Greatest Author in the World
If you want to properly understand Steve Balderson's fourth feature film, STUCK! (2009), you must disabuse yourself of the illusion that it is all a joke. Balderson is engaging in neither parody, nor satire, nor camp. His film is blissfully free of irony. There is no smugness here, no attempt to levitate above its story with postmodernist cynicism. Balderson's film demands to be taken seriously, despite its more felicitous moments.
The easiest way to describe STUCK! would be to say that it follows the downward slide of a Midwestern girl named Daisy (played by the angelic Starina Johnson) from innocence to corruption---or her ascension from fragility to strength. Daisy is the victim of the trumped-up charge of killing her mother (September Carter in one of the film's strongest performances), sentenced to death by hanging, and incarcerated. In prison, she keeps company with a religious fanatic (Mink Stole), a lesbian predator (Pleasant Gehman), a serial widow (Susan Traylor), and a withdrawn infanticide who suffers from echolalia (the Go-Gos' beautiful Jane Wiedlin). All these women have to make their lives tolerable are music, passion, storytelling... and the desire for revenge.
From a narrow perspective, there are clichés---because clichés are unavoidable when developing any story that is set in a prison. Balderson and screenwriter Frank Krainz had a difficult decision to make. They could have resolved that no clichés would materialize in the space of their production (and thus have fallen prey to them). Instead, they made the more intelligent decision and welcomed and affirmed the women-in-prison conventions that appear in their film.Read more ›
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The acting and plot are sooooo bad, like a bad train wreck, you can't look away and can't believe it was ever released.Published 17 days ago by Patrick Bernal
Fans of old women in prison (WIP) films should dig it. Great cast, too, with Mink Stole, Karen Black, etc. A modest effort, but I appreciated it.Published 4 months ago by Joseph A. Blevins