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Brad's Status (2017)

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A father takes his son to tour colleges on the East Coast and meets up with an old friend who makes him feel inferior about his life's choices.

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Mike White

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Mike White
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Stiller ... Brad Sloan
Austin Abrams ... Troy Sloan
Jenna Fischer ... Melanie Sloan
Michael Sheen ... Craig Fisher
Jemaine Clement ... Billy Wearslter
Luke Wilson ... Jason Hatfield
Shazi Raja ... Ananya
Luisa Lee ... Maya
Mike White ... Nick Pascale
Xavier Grobet Xavier Grobet ... Xavier
Adam Capriolo ... Chris Kanew
Felicia Shulman ... Cherie Parkinson
Jane Wheeler Jane Wheeler ... Harvard Mother
Karl Graboshas ... Admission Officer
Jon Bernad Jon Bernad ... Admissions Receptionist
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A father takes his son to tour colleges on the East Coast and meets up with an old friend who makes him feel inferior about his life's choices.

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The success you've been searching for may be right next to you.

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Comedy | Drama | Music

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un papá singular See more »

Filming Locations:

Montreal, Quebec, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$89,921, 17 September 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,133,158, 26 October 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,400,000
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2.35 : 1
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Ben Stiller became interested in the film after being moved by the script's portrayal of the father-son relationship between Brad and Troy. See more »

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Ananya is stereotyped to be Indian. But, she tells that her home is in Dili (Timor Leste) than Dilli (Delhi, India). See more »

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Brad Sloan: [narrating] But Melanie... she's so easily satisfied.
Melanie Sloan: It's good!
Brad Sloan: Honestly?
Melanie Sloan: Yeah, I always love your sauces.
Brad Sloan: [narrating] Maybe her contentment undermined my ambition.
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The Red Blues
Written and performed by Red Garland
Courtesy of Concord Music Group, Inc.
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Wonderful quirky film; almost a monologue with interludes
6 October 2017 | by inkblot11See all my reviews

Brad (Ben Stiller) has lately been fretting about his "status" in the world of middle-agers. As he and his son Troy (Austin Abrams), a gifted musician and composer, are about to embark from Sacramento to a Boston tour of colleges, Bradley is in a funk. This is because he has been pondering the so-called more successful lives of his college pals. Jason (Luke Wilson) is a jet-setting, rich hedge-fund manager while Billy (Jemaine Clement) made a tech fortune and retired, at 40, on Maui. Worst of all, Craig (Michael Sheen) is a best-selling pundit on political issues and teaches at Harvard. What has he, Brad, done? For wife Melanie (Jenna Fischer) and himself, its strictly the mundane bourgeousie. Brad manages a non-profit that finds funds for other non-profits while Mel works for the California government. So, while Troy and his dad go to Harvard and Tufts for interviews, Brad upsets the apple cart by embarrassing Troy in front of friends and administrators. This is doubly so when Brad actually needs Craig's help to gain a 2nd interview with a dean! But, in truth, is Brad's status beyond lame? This wonderful, quirky film is almost a monologue as the viewer gets a running commentary by Brad of each and every situation. Yes, there are interludes of actual conversations and happenings and Abrams, Wilson, Clement, Sheen, Fischer and all of the rest do good work. But, its up to Stiller to carry the film with his wry, self- deprecating analysis of life and he does so beautifully. We bow to you, Ben! Scenery, costumes, illuminating script and deft direction all bring the film satisfying results. Most importantly, the movie truly gets it "right" on what makes a life well-lived. Go, go to Brad, film lovers! Hollywood rarely bestows gems like this anymore.


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