Brad's Status

Genre:  Comedy, Drama
Running Time:  101 min.
In theatres:
September 22, 2017 - Toronto, Vancouver, Montréal
September 29, 2017 - Expands

Current rating: Rating: 3.33
based on 30 votes and 4 reviews
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Cast: Ben Stiller, Austin Abrams, Jenna Fischer, Michael Sheen, Jemaine Clement, Luke Wilson

Synopsis

Brad Sloan (Ben Stiller) has a beautiful home in Sacramento, the career he'd wanted from the time he was a college student, a wife (Jenna Fischer) and son who love him, but he's still unsatisfied with his life.

While having dinner with friends, he spots a copy of Architectural Digest that features an old college buddy and his magnificent mansion on the cover. Brad begins to think of his group of friends from college, all of whom are now successful and wealthy. He begins to feel like a failure. 

During this crisis of confidence, Brad goes on a trip to Boston with his college-bound son Troy (Austin Abrams). He hovers between feeling good about his son's bright future, and being unhappy about his own choices in life. 

  Canadian Connection: Filmed in Montreal. Several cast members are Canadian.  

Director: Mike White
Studio: VVS Films
Producer(s): Brad Pitt, Sidney Kimmel, Dede Gardner, Mike White, David Bernad
Screenplay: Mike White
Official Site: bradsstatus.movie

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  • 5 stars "Excellent movie. It shows how failure is wrongly measured now days. Success = famous and rich; otherwise you are a failure."
  • 1 star "The movie is supposed to be a comedy. Instead it was depressing and strange. Not at all believable. So many close ups of Ben stiller looking strained. No real story - just an uncomfortable mess with no conclusion. I wanted to leave in the first 10 minutes. My friend wanted to stay and see if it would get better. It didn't. We should have left. One of the worst movies I've ever seen. Explains why there were only 7 people in the theatre."
  • 4 stars "This movie was slow moving but by intention. Maybe Ben Stiller and I are the same age, but it truly makes you reflect on what his character is experiencing and struggling with emotionally. His character needs to go through a number of experiences in order to truly "frame up" the proper perspective that he should have for his life. It was a very elegant presentation, without the added drama and side plots of most movies. I understood exactly where he was at in his jadedness at how the world rewards those who's careers are "less than noble" in their idealism to make the world a better place."