While it certainly isn't subtle, it's a very good comedy for 1910.
This is one of a few dozen Max Linder comedies which still exist today. The bulk of Linder's films, like most silents, have decomposed over the years due to their being made on nitrate film stock. It's a shame, as Linder was one of the earliest film comedians and Chaplin himself credits Linder with inspiring his work. But, due to changing interests and the ravages of time, Linder is all but forgotten today.
"Max is Stuck Up" is a very enjoyable comedy for its time. While folks today would probably find the plot way too simple and the action a bit over-exaggerated, it compares very well to the REALLY broad slapstick films of the day.
The film begins with Max being invited to dinner with his fiancée and future in-laws. To be polite, he stops on the way at a bakery to bring along a small gift for the in-laws. Unfortunately, he steps on some flypaper and has a devil of a time getting it off himself. When he arrives at the dinner, he's quite sticky and this causes LOTS of problems--which would have all been alleviated had he told them of his flypaper predicament. But, you need to suspend disbelief about such things and just sit back and enjoy. Worth seeing if not exactly inspired.
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