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In cinemas now: Brad’s Status

Text: Meg van Eck

Brad's StatusBrad’s Status tells the story of Brad (Ben Stiller), who 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’s not quite what he imagined during his college glory days. Showing Troy around Boston, where Brad went to university, he can’t help comparing his life with those of his four best college friends: a Hollywood bigshot, a hedge-fund founder, a tech entrepreneur, and a political pundit and bestselling author. As he imagines their wealthy, glamorous lives, he wonders if cosy middle-class domesticity is the best he will ever achieve. 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, his friends’ lives are more flawed than they appear.

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