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A trip to Boston with his college-bound son triggers a crisis of confidence for Brad Sloan as he reassesses his own life choices in a bittersweet comedy from writer and director Mike White. Brad has a satisfying career and a comfortable life in suburban Sacramento where he lives with his sweet-natured wife, Melanie (Jenna Fischer), and their musical prodigy son, Troy (Austin Abrams), but its not quite what he imagined during his college glory days. Showing Troy around Boston, where Brad went to university, he cant help comparing his life with those of his four best college friends: a Hollywood bigshot (White), a hedge-fund founder (Luke Wilson), a tech entrepreneur (Jemaine Clement), and a political pundit and bestselling author (Michael Sheen). As he imagines their wealthy, glamorous lives, he wonders if cosy middle-class domesticity is the best he will ever achieve. But when circumstances force him to reconnect with his former friends, Brad begins to question whether he has really failed or if, in some essential ways, their lives are more flawed than they appear.
Review of Brad's Status by Eddie @ The Movie Guys
In a long-standing career that has spanned a number of comedic touchstones, Ben Stiller has in his later age taken a hold of the mantle of the go to man for roles that require some middle aged musings on life, love and the great wide world.
Very much continuing on this trend that has seen the funnyman shy away from the Something About Mary’s and the Meet the Parent’s of this world and instead feature in such films as Greenberg, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, While We’re Young and The Meyerowitz Stories, Mike White’s Brad’s Status see’s Stiller playing mid-life crisis suffering Not-For-Profit worker Brad Sloan on a trip with his son Troy, as the two begin to decide where Troy will go to college as Brad suffers from regrets and thoughts about his life weighed up against his seemingly more successful friends.
Produced by Brad Pitt, there’s certainly nothing new about this type of film, we’ve seen this thing done a million times before but there’s a sincerity to White’s film, both in its direction and writing and while it’s not always easy to nod in agreement to Brad’s internal life musings and bewailing of his life that really isn’t that bad, Brad’s Status remains a relatable and touching examination of what the important things in life are and that no matter how hard we try, there’s no turning back the clock on our past; the decisions are made, the decisions are final.
Importantly also for the film, it finds Stiller operating near the top of his game as he brings Brad to life, it’s a performance that requires more than we’re use to from the well-regarded performer and his interplay with Austin Abram’s Troy provide the film with some of its real highlights, whether the two are simply having fun or whether they are engaged in a more confrontational manner, Brad and Troy are the heart and soul of the film and ensure that we as an audience are constantly invested in their slice of life tale.
White has made sure these two centrepieces aren’t alone in this character driven story as we get some brief yet memorable turns from the likes of Michael Sheen, Luke Wilson and Jemaine Clement as Brad’s grown-up college buddies while female co-stars Jenna Fisher and Shazi Raja make their marks with relatively brief supporting turns.
Brad’s Status is the type of project that clearly resonated with its cast and it shines forth in the ensemble right the way through.
Final Say –
A small film in many ways but one that has some heartfelt and moving examinations of life as we know it, Brad’s Status is an easy watch with an all-round collection of solid performances and is one of the best films Mike White has been a part of outside of his involvement in School of Rock, The Good Girl and cult TV show Freaks and Geeks.
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Title: Brad's Status
Release Date: 07 Feb 2018
Actor(s): Ben Stiller, Austin Abrams, Jenna Fischer, Michael Sheen, Jemaine Clement, Luke Wilson, Shazi Raja, Luisa Lee, Mike White, Xavier Grobet, Adam Capriolo, Felicia Shulman, Jane Wheeler, Karl Graboshas, Jon Bernad
Catalogue No: R-126171-9
Disc Count: 1
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
OFLC Rating: M
Run Time: 97
Transfer Format: 16:9 Enhanced, Widescreen, Full Height Anamorphic
Video Format: PAL
Primary Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
Language: English, Dolby Digital 5.1
Region Code: 4
OFLC Advice: Coarse Language And Drug Use
Director(s): Mike White
Genre: Comedy, Music