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.
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.
Roger EbertFull 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 PostFull 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 StoneFull 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 ReedFull 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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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.