New Trailer: Ben Stiller Chases The Oscar With ‘Brad’s Status’

Amazon Studios released the first trailer to ‘Brad’s Status’ Tuesday morning. It appears the mid-life crisis for Generation X is hitting Hollywood and Ben Stiller is at ground zero.

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.

‘Brad’s Status’ is written and directed by Mike White, and stars Ben Stiller, Michael Sheen, Luke Wilson, Jemaine Clement, Jenna Fischer, and Austin Abrams.

Amazon Studios will release Brad’s Status in theaters September 15. Amazon and Netflix have two different approached to its original films, and it will be interesting to watch which streaming service wins in the long run.

Matthew Sardo
Matthew Sardo
As the founder of Monkeys Fighting Robots, I'm currently training for my next job as an astronaut cowboy. Reformed hockey goon, comic book store owner, video store clerk, an extra in 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon,' 'Welcome Back Freshman,' and for one special day, I was a Ghostbuster.