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Stanley – Review/ Summary (with Spoilers)

by Amari

Stanley buries the lead with sex and ends before you feel it gets to the good part.


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Director(s)Paulo Roberto
Screenplay ByPaulo Roberto
Date Released (Digital)1/22/2021
Genre(s)Drama, Romance, Young Adult, LGBT, Non-English
Duration20 Minutes
RatingRated R
Noted Cast
AlexAelson Felinto
AndersonRafael Guedes
CamilaLais Lacerda

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Film Summary

Thanks to mutual friend Camila, Anderson and Alex reconnect after dancing with Camila through the night. Previously, they just went to church with one another, with Alex being close with Anderson’s brother. However, together, at a lake, the two form their own bond. One that begins as sexual but, with Alex asking questions, so comes the threat of what he thought could be long term getting cut short.

Things To Note | Question(s) Left Unanswered

  • Reason(s) for Film Rating: Implied or actual killing of an animal (specifically a chicken) and a potentially penetrative sex scene.
  • Jump Scares/ Laughs/ Tear-Jerking Moments: N/A
  • Being that, for most of the actors, their names aren’t said to identify them, and their IMDB page doesn’t have images, their names are based on the cast list in the credits.

Cast & Characters

Alex

Alex is simply trying to be a good son, play his guitar, and have fun.

Anderson

Anderson is a former protestant whose brother knew Alex well and is what connects the two. However, mention of his name could also drive them apart.

Camila

Camila is Alex and Anderson’s friend who may help kill chickens to make a living.

Review

On The Fence

It Ends Just When It Gets Started

Our issue with Stanley is that it spends more time showing you Alex’s home and part of his life, than anything of notable substance. If, to be kinder, anything which feels important to the story. For outside of establishing Alex is a good boy, showing him run errands for his mother and playing guitar, what does that add here?

Heck, even for Camila, beyond showing what she might do for work, what is her story? And I get this is a short, and that means having certain expectations. But in its 20-minute timespan, so much time feels wasted, and then suddenly you’re watching two guys have what might be penetrative sex, and it feels like things finally begin.

Yet, with the mic drop of what happened to the title character, Stanley, things abruptly end with you assuming why they did for Stanley.

Overall

Rating: Mixed (Divisive)

We honestly wish that everything before the sex scene was chopped, and we got Alex and Anderson having sex, and then that weird interaction where you barely know someone, hooked up with them, and now are getting to know them. That story many who have used dating apps know too well of doing everything in reverse. Because what Stanley delivers feels too much like it buried the lead, and while the mic drop gets your attention, it sucks that the hook doesn’t come until the end.

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Ratings

  • Recommended: Some of the best seen movies we have ever watched and mentioned to friends, family, and strangers as films that need to be seen.
  • Positive (Worth Seeing): Whether you’ll have to go to the movies, download or stream, movies of this category are worth your time and money with few, if any, qualms from us.
  • Mixed (Divisive): Due to this movie having a few quirks, of which may work for some and for others be a problem, we believe your enjoyment of this movie will depend on your taste.
  • Negative (Acquired Taste): While one or two elements kept us going until the end, unfortunately, we’re of the opinion this film never reached the potential it was marketed to have.

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Summary

It Ends Just When It Gets Started - 73%

73%

what Stanley delivers feels too much like it buried the lead, and while the mic drop gets your attention, it sucks that the hook doesn't come until the end.

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