Times have changed, and entertainment has surely changed with it. For example, dating in this digital age is nothing like it was for our parents. So naturally, a Romantic Comedy made today should reflect this cultural shift. Stuck is a recent example of this, it is edgy, bold and uniquely modern.
Stuck follows Darby, played by Heather Matarazzo (“Sisters”, “Girl Flu”). Darby is a struggling nurse who finds herself in trouble with the law and must spend 30 days on house arrest, under the same roof with her ex-boyfriend and his Fiancée.
They did a great job setting up the character of Darby and making her a character you care about. Without spoiling things, Darby is a kind person, but far from perfect. She gets arrested partially from a misunderstanding, her intentions are good.
The only part where the writing got stuck in this movie, was how Darby had to look for a house to serve her house arrest. It turns out she lives in her car. There is no doubt that nurses are underpaid, but without giving further reason, it is hard to believe Darby could not afford a place to live.
Heather Matarazzo as Darby is an inspired bit of casting. She perfectly embodies a natural, American woman in a world where appearances are paramount. All of the casting in Stuck was spot on. Jillian Armenante (“Vice“, “Bad Teacher”) is the director, producer and plays Officer Wheeler in Stuck.
Proving to be a multi-talented woman Armenante contributed a great deal in front of, and behind the camera. Officer Wheeler is the antagonist of this story, she is assigned to enforce Darby’s house arrest and is looking for her to screw up.
As the judge who sentences Darby, the hilarious Joel McHale is presiding. Joel McHale has been in The Happytime Murders and Assassination Nation, but many may know him as the host of “The Soup” on E! Amir Talai (“The Circle”) plays Mo, Darby’s ex-boyfriend.
His Fiancée Chloe is portrayed with gusto by Heather Turman. Chloe and Darby are in perfect contrast with one another. Chloe is tall, blonde and slender, while Darby is not. It is worth noting that Heather Turman also wrote Stuck, along with David Mickel. This is her first feature writing credit, and it is a solid start in that arena.
Perhaps that is what gave Stuck a fresh vibe, a woman’s perspective attached from the beginning. This is a low budget movie, but that does not hold it back at all. If anything, it left them room to make an edgy Rom-Com for the current generation to enjoy. So if your date is cool, sit back and laugh at Stuck together. It might make you think differently about love….. and house arrest.
Curt Wiser is the Writer/Director of the suspense movie Cam-Girl. He also wrote the Rom-Com spec 30 Night Stand which is in development.