Twenty years ago we were laughing at Ben Stiller in Zoolander and trying to pull a 'blue steel' face. Fast forward to the present and Stiller can still make us laugh but in Brad's Status, we are laughing in a whole new way.
The movie follows Brad Sloan as he takes his son on a trip to check out colleges. All the while, he seems obsessed with the success of others around him to a point that he becomes overly envious.
Brad's Status tackles something that is very real for anyone who has ever wondered if they really measure up to where they thought they'd be when they reach a certain point in their life.
While there are some pretty funny scenes that play out Sloan's daydreams, it's not the wacky humour many know Stiller for. Some witty writing by Mike White somehow gets the audience laughing at Stiller's lead character and his insecurities with his life.
Not only did White write the screenplay for this film but he also directed it, so perhaps this helped bring the essence of the story through on the screen.
Sloan's inner dialogue narrates the film as he wonders whether he could have been a more successful version of himself. The film tackles the idea of privilege and first world problems in a way that almost feels like you're laughing at yourself.
Luke Wilson, Jemaine Clement, and Michael Sheen also make appearances as Sloan's old friends, who he constantly compares himself to.
Brad's Status opens at Luna Leederville for an exclusive season starting November 9.