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Ben Stiller's new film, Brad's Status, sees the actor in a role that has grown to be his forte.
While Stiller is primarily known for his work in comedies, he's also ventured into the indie film world, and often plays a man having a mid-life crisis. No crisis has been quite as intense as the one we get from him in Brad's Status, the new film from Mike White that gets us deep inside of his protagonist's head. Stiller plays a father who is touring universities with his college-bound son in Boston, all the while realizing that his friends are more successful than him, and that his son likely will be too.
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This is written and directed by Mike White (who also has a small role), his first major director debut. White has fun with the character of Brad, as well as steering him to his truth. Although Stiller’s Brad seems to have it all… comfortable lifestyle, devoted wife and loyal son, he is bedeviled by the “what ifs” and comparisons to his old college friends that start to strangle his life. It all comes together with the college visit, as Brad goes through a series of situations that test his confidence and viability. What makes this all work – and
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The title Brad is played by Mr. Stiller. Brad Sloan is sliding toward the big “5-0” and shares a home in Sacramento, CA with his lovely wife Melanie (Jenna Fisher) and their eighteen
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This is something we learned while watching Brad's Status. The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month, and now it's coming to Cineplex theatres. The film features an A-List cast including Ben Stiller, Jenna Fischer, Jemaine Clement, Michael Sheen, Luke Wilson, and relative newcomer Austin Abrams. Written and directed by Mike White, Brad's Status follows Brad (Stiller) and his son, Troy (Abrams) who are touring colleges together in Boston, just as Brad realizes he hasn't amounted to the man he thought he'd be, at least not in comparison to his successful, wealthy friends.
We had the chance to chat with Stiller and Abrams about the film at Tiff.
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Welcome to Brad’s Status, the latest from writer/director Mike White.
Brad’s Status review by Paul Heath, September 2017.
Ben Stiller plays the titular character of Brad Sloan, a forty-something family man who is wrestling with a personal crisis in that he feels that his own life pails in comparison to that of his former university friends. We meet his as he is about to embark on a journey to Massachusetts where his 17-year-old son Troy (Austin Abrams) is interviewing for potential college placements.
His journey to the East Coast sees him having to interact with his former friends – political TV personality and best-selling author Craig Fisher (Michael Sheen), retired businessman Billy Wearslter (Jermaine Clement), who now spends his time on the sun-kissed island of Hawaii with his two girlfriends,
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In the process, it also consolidates Stiller’s recurring motifs into a deeper, more melancholic version. Trapped in his
A piercing satire of first-world privilege from sardonic maestro Mike White (the writer behind “Beatriz at Dinner” and HBO’s “Enlightened”), “Brad’s Status” takes a tough, critical look at a one-time idealist (and fulltime egotist) who’s about to send his teenage son Troy (Austin Abrams) off to college. Instead of putting himself in his son’s shoes, Brad spends most of his time obsessing about his own failures, comparing
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When Brad Sloan (Ben Stiller) accompanies his college bound son to the East Coast, the visit triggers a crisis of confidence in Brad’s Status, writer and director Mike White’s bittersweet comedy. 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
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