Sunday, December 31, 2017

Brad's Status


Blu-ray Review by Kam Williams




Father-Son Bonding Opportunity Adventure Released to Home Video

Brad Sloan (Ben Stiller) feels inadequate despite his happy marriage and a thriving business that enables his family to live comfortably in suburban Sacramento. He gets depressed, nevertheless, because he compares himself to his relatively-successful college buddies instead of the Average Joe.

For instance, one pal, Craig (Michael Sheen), is a best-selling author who worked in the White House and now teaches at Harvard. Then there's Billy (Jemaine Clement) who's already retired and shacked up on Maui with a couple of girlfriends after selling his hi-tech company for a fortune. 
 
Another, Jason (Luke Wilson), is a filthy-rich, hedge fund manager with his own airplane. And Nick (writer/director Mike White) is a famous Hollywood director whose home was just featured on the cover of Architectural Digest.

Consequently, rather than count his blessings, Brad considers himself a failure. Furthermore, he has the nerve to not only blame his supportive wife (Jenna Fischer) for his lack of ambition, but to ask her how much they stand to inherit from her parents' estate. Disappointed with her response, he shrugs,."We've plateaued," ostensibly resigning himself to a mundane existence. " This is it."

Brad's existential angst is further amplified when he takes their college-bound son (Austin Abrams) on a tour of schools in the Boston area. For being back in Beantown serves as reminder that he was forced to settle for Tufts after being rejected by the Ivies. 
 
Troy's prospects are much better, since he's a musical prodigy with a good chance of being accepted by both Harvard and Yale. However, that fact doesn't shake his father out of the doldrums, especially after they cross paths with Craig. During the brief encounter, Brad learns that he was the only member of the old gang not invited to Nick's recent wedding. 
 
Thus unfolds Brad's Status, a midlife crisis dramedy, if I ever saw one. Ben Stiller is quite convincing as the jealous title character. The only problem is that it's impossible to empathize with the suffering of a whiny ingrate obviously benefiting from many of the privileges associated with being a white male. 
 
A morality play warning about the folly of trying to keep up with Joneses, especially where the Joneses are all members of America's wealthiest 1%.



Very Good (3 stars)
Rated R for profanity
Running time: 101 minutes
Production Studio: Sidney Kimmel Entertainment / Plan B Entertainment
Distributor: Annapurna Pictures / Amazon Studios
Blu-ray extras: A Look at Ben Stiller as Brad; A Culture of Comparing Ourselves; Mike White on Directing His Own Script; and The Story of Brad's Status.



To see a trailer for Brad's Status, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWx0PdOI98s


To order a copy of Brad's Status on Blu-ray, visit:




2 comments:

Unknown said...


With our Call Girls in Faridabad and escorts services, you may really improve stage of fun by its quality services different. Sure! This assists its people to victory over all the gloom and depressive disorders from your lifestyle and appeases your delicate wishes specifically.So, you may do a trip at web page and can get your wish suggested with an outstanding woman escort. Check our other services also...
Call Girls in Haridwar
Call Girls in Mahipalpur
Call Girls in Pune
Escorts in Haridwar
Escorts Service in Agra
Russian Escorts in Faridabad

Unknown said...

We are here to serve you hot Female Escorts in Gurgaon and Foreigner Call Girls in GurgaonOur Girls are fresh, friebdly, educated and interested in pleasure with our clients. Check our other Services...
Gurgaon Escorts Service
High Profile Call Girls in Gurgaon
Housewife Escorts in Gurgaon
Independent Escorts in Gurgaon
Gurgaon Sex Service