Stuart Gordon (“Re-Animator”) creates a provocative, over-the-top experience in “Stuck,” a tabloid-tinged thriller inspired by true events. Brandi (Mena Suvari) is a compassionate young retirement-home caregiver in-line for a promotion. Tom (Stephen Rea) is a victim of the downsized economy, out of work and newly homeless. Their worlds collide when Brandi, driving home from a club after too many drinks and pills, accidentally hits Tom, the impact smashing his body head-first through her car’s windshield. If discovered, this “accident” will extinguish her bright future, so instead of saving him, her plan is to let him pass and dispose of the body later. Faced with this reality, Tom knows he must escape if he wants to survive.
While “Stuck” may be an entertaining piece of trash cinema – loosely based on a true story – poor Mena Suvari. The actress got her ‘big break’ over a decade ago in the Best Picture Oscar winner “American Beauty,” and like her “American Beauty” teen costar Wes Bentley, has seen her career go just about nowhere.