Brad's Status Comedy

'Brad's Status' TIFF 2017 Review: It's all about perspective

September 9, 2017Ben MK

Brad Sloan (Ben Stiller) is a man in the middle of a midlife crisis. He lives in Sacramento, works for a non-profit, is married to a great woman, Melanie (Jenna Fischer), and has a 17-year-old son, Troy (Austin Abrams), who's a talented pianist and composer. Yet, Brad can't help but feel like a failure in life.

He's 47, and what has he achieved? He compares himself to his friends from college, who are now movie directors featured on the cover of Architectural Digest, hedge fund managers with their own private jet, former White House press secretaries who get treated like royalty everywhere they go, and retired-at-40 business moguls who live on a tropical island with not one, but two girlfriends half their age. But as Brad eventually comes to realize, success is all about perspective, and sometimes you just have to step back and take stock of what really matters.

Humorous yet introspective, this low-key comedy-drama from writer/director Mike White offers a funny and poignant look at growing up, growing old and the undue pressures we put on ourselves when we put ourselves in indirect competition with our peers. Whether you're 17 or 47, everyone can relate.

Brad's Status is receiving its world premiere as part of TIFF 2017's Platform programme. Its runtime is 1 hr. 41 min.

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