Tuesday, September 19, 2017

BRAD'S STATUS


Janet's TAKE: #BradsStatus provides a concise statement on evaluating one's life based on social media posts from friends. B+

Ben Stiller once again gives a
great performance of the angst-ridden man. The film moves along at a slow, but deliberate pace.

Synopsis:
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.
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 is not quite, what he imagined during his college glory days. Showing Troy around Boston, where Brad went to university, he cannot 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. However, 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. -Amazon Studios/AnnaPurna Films


Rating: R for language
Running Time: 101 Minutes