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Brad's Status

I've said this MANY times. Ben Stiller movies are an acquired taste. Maybe that's too strong. Debbie LOVES everything he does. Totally digs his comedy.

I have to be in the mood for it. It's what I call "cringe" comedy in that you see what's about to happen to his characters coming from a mile away and you have to live the pain with them as it happens.

And, Admittedly, after looking at the studio synopsis and trailer, this one, "Brad's Status," may hit too close to home for me for sure (47 year old dad with son going off to college soon)

"When Brad Sloan (Ben Stiller) accompanies his college bound son to the East Coast, the visit triggers a crisis of confidence in Brad’s Status, writer and director Mike White’s bittersweet comedy. Brad 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 (White), a hedge fund founder (Luke Wilson), a tech entrepreneur (Jemaine Clement), and a political pundit and bestselling author (Michael Sheen). As he imagines their wealthy, glamorous lives, he wonders if this is all he will ever amount to. But when circumstances force him to reconnect with his former friends, Brad begins to question whether he has really failed or is, in some ways at least, the most successful of them all."