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BRAD'S STATUS

 
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At Theaters: 9/15/2017 On Video:
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 41 min.
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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.
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Comedy - This is a more mature, older-skewing, and thoughtful comedy/drama than the sillier comedic work star Ben Stiller is most known for. This is essentially his vehicle, with other familiar faces such as Michael Sheen, Luke Wilson, and Jenna Fischer having much smaller roles. While there is a prominent teen character, this film is aimed at older adults. Language, substance use, suggestive humor, and some mild gay themes make the film not for kids.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Ben Stiller ZOOLANDER 2, WHILE WE'RE YOUNG
Austin Abrams TV's - SILICON VALLEY, SHAMLESS
Michael Sheen HOME AGAIN, NORMAN, FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD
Luke Wilson ROCK DOG, THE SKELETON TWINS, MIDDLE MEN
Jemaine Clement DON VERDEAN, MEN IN BLACK III, RIO
Jenna Fischer WALK HARD: THE DEWEY COX STORY
Director: Mike White YEAR OF THE DOG
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Director's Statement
About The Production
Two for the Road
Northern Lights
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PROFANITY: 27 F-words; 8 S-words; a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: None.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent alcohol and brief, comic, fantasy drug use by a kid.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: Comic lines, sometimes suggestive, sometimes dry; sight gags; drug humor; kid humor.
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Roger Ebert Full Review
Very Good "Brad's Status” might be the most Ben Stillerish movie Ben Stiller has ever made, and that's actually a good thing. ...biting satire "Brad's Status,” giving Stiller a juicy role that's sharply funny and surprisingly poignant.

NY Post Full Review
Good Ben Stiller is impressively insufferable in "Brad's Status,” a bleak comedy from writer/director Mike White about middle-aged angst, class privilege and the topical notion that everyone except you is living a perfect, happy life. It's a great role for the graying Stiller, who seethes internally with the best of them.

Rolling Stone Full Review
Good Brad's Status is tough on its title character. And often on its audience. But Stiller, nailing every nuance in a complex role, allows us to see the small increments Brad is making at getting outside his own head.

Rex Reed Full Review
Very Good The surprising results are unlike anything I've seen lately, and the best surprise of all is a funny, inspired and career-enhancing star performance by Ben Stiller that left me touched, applauding and laughing out loud.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
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 it's not quite what he imagined during his college glory days. Showing Troy around Boston, where Brad went to university, he can't 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 cozy 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.
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