From among great achievers, a saying goes, "Don't compare. Don't compete." Otherwise, you will either become superior or inferior. And it leads to a self-defeating status.
In a bittersweet comedy, Brad's Status, it begins in upper-middle-class Sacramento, as Brad Sloan (Ben Stiller) prepares to take his only child on a tour of East Coast colleges, prompting him to wonder if his life has somehow fallen short of its potential. Modern parent-child relationships and today’s overly examined lives are thrust under a microscope as Brad’s anxieties converge in a perfect storm of self-doubt, or “status anxiety.” Not just keeping up with the Joneses today, but literally keeping up with the Kardashians. People tend to curate their lives for others through social media, which adds to this sense that other people have more. Throughout the course of history, people thought it was only a certain elite that lived those kinds of lives.
Though Brad has a satisfying career and he lives with his sweet-natured wife, Melanie (Jenna Fischer) and their musical prodigy son, Troy (Austin Abrams); 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 (Mike 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 cozy middle-class domesticity is the best he will ever achieve. But 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, their lives are more flawed than they appear. The movie asks the eternal question, "Is the grass always greener?"
Brad's Status is showing on the 18th of October in your select theaters nationwide. It is exclusively distributed by Solar Pictures.