Stanley (1983)

Run Time - 103 min.  |   Countries - Australia   |  
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Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka

This film about Stanley (Peter Bensley), a young man clashing with the real world around him, loses its potential for energetic farce and social comedy as many of the scenes are not convincingly delivered - or miss altogether. Stanley's father is a billionaire who is driven to distraction by his eccentric son and as a remedy for the young man's erratic behavior, he proposes brain surgery. Stanley is not eccentric enough to agree with that idea, and runs away to safety in the home of a normal family, or so he thinks. The "normal" father is actually gay but is still deeply ensconced in the closet as far as his family is concerned, the mother is having a hetero affair, the son is a drug dealer, and the daughter is expecting a racially-mixed child. As long as he stays with this family, Stanley's road to normalcy will be a bumpy if not aborted ride.