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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

Writer:

Mike White
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Cast

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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Brad Sloan (Ben Stiller) runs his own non-profit organization, and lives a comfortable life with his loving wife and son, but cannot help contemplating how his old friends Craig Fisher (Michael Sheen), Billy Wearslter (Jemaine Clement), Jason Hatfield (Luke Wilson), and Nick Pascale (Mike White) are rich and accomplished. Craig works in the White House and published a best-selling book; Jason owns a hedge fund firm; Billy sold a company he founded, moved to Maui, and retired; and Nick is a Hollywood director. Brad's wife, Melanie (Jenna Fischer), tries to comfort Brad, telling him that they do not need to compare themselves with the wealthiest 1%..

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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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Many of the scenes set in Boston, Massachusetts were filmed in Montreal, Quebec. 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 »

Quotes

Brad Sloan: I'm alive...
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Featured in Half in the Bag: 2017 Movie Catch-up: Part 1 (2018) See more »

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The Red Blues
Written and performed by Red Garland
Courtesy of Concord Music Group, Inc.
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So relatable it hurts
27 September 2017 | by iamjacksmoviechannelSee all my reviews

"Brad's Status" is a comedy-drama from the co-writer of "The Emoji Movie". Notice that the marketing for this hasn't led with that.

But Mike White has done his penance here; this belongs up there with some of his best work like "School of Rock" and Jennifer Aniston's "The Good Girl".

The hero is Ben Stiller though, who plays the title character, whose reached a point in life where he can't help but find his life lacking when compared to others, particularly his friends.

And we've heard about movies that shine an uncomfortable light on us all; I know i've heard people say "mother!" does this, although many of us still have no idea what it's shining a light on.

But here it's actually very clear and very brilliant the way this film looks at things like achievement and idealism in America and how the striving for success and to put that bumper sticker on the car shouting it out can have an adverse affect.

Much of this film is Brad going through an inner-monologue with himself so be prepared for a lot of narration, but the fears he has are never ones you can't relate to and his hopes always something we feel the American dream should be, even when they're ridiculously selfish.

The best part about the film is that Stiller always feels like a character who has lived in the real world and who has had a natural progression from the way he thought in his youth to the way he feels now.

There are a number of profound moments here- one scene between Stiller and a young college student one of the best of the year. It's a slow moving movie but always compelling.

So I go 8 out of 10 guys. If you liked this, check out Craig James Capsule Reviews on Youtube.


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