Movie Review: Brad's Status (M18)
There is no better person to play an inadequate and anxiety-filled worrywart than Ben Stiller.
He is Brad, a man who is trying to get his 17-year-old son, Troy (a wonderful Austin Abrams), into college.
He envies his successful and wealthy college mates, and constantly whines about how life has dealt him a poor deck of cards.
But life is good for Brad. He lives comfortably, has a loving and supportive wife, and Troy is a music prodigy who has been offered a place at Harvard.
It takes a young Harvard student, Ananya (Shazi Raja) to tell Brad the hard truth: He is a jerk with champagne problems.
Stiller is in his element, honestly fleshing out mid-life problems that plague many of us.
His moments with Abrams are genuine, tender and heartfelt, making this film a worthwhile watch.