Brad’s Status

October 16th, 2017 by PRatt
November 18, 2017 @ 7:30 pm

(US, 2017) Written and directed by Mike White Cast: Ben Stiller, Austin Abrams, Jenna Fischer, Luke Wilson, Jemaine Clement, Shazi Raja, Michael Sheen.

Ben Stiller is a perfect fit for screenwriter-turned-director Mike White and his take-no-prisoners satire (he wrote Chuck & Buck, School of Rock, HBO’s Enlightened and Beatriz At Dinner). Gleefully skewering middle class white America’s IAAM (It’s All About Me) Syndrome, White and Stiller give us a man who is not only obsessed with his own (Facebook) status, but with the successes his group of college friends proudly post for all to see. As he accompanies his musically gifted son (Austin Abrams) on a tour of East Coast colleges, Brad reconnects up with his old gang of overachievers (Mike White, Luke Wilson, Jemaine Clement, and Michael Sheen). The question remains: are we capable of seeing what really makes us happy? 102 min.
“As a dad obsessed with his son’s college applications, Ben Stiller is at his best in Mike White’s high-anxiety satire: they make you laugh till it hurts.” Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

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