Brad’s Status sits as a mid-life crisis film with the drama of a coming of age picture, giving off a series of ideas and themes that promote deep thought, disclosing revelations that remain with the audience for a long time to come.
Brad (Ben Stiller) is due to take his son on a short trip to visit and interview for multiple top Universities, but his mind is elsewhere as he reminisces upon past memories of his own. Often bringing him discomfort, Brad attempts to put these aside and tries his best to give his son a great chance.
Much of Brad’s Status pushes an idea of feeling disconnected and underappreciated. The film is attempting to showcase genuine worries against those of blind self-indulgence. Brad’s character is brilliantly constructed and it’s an impressive effort from Ben Stiller that brings his worries to the fore making them feel important when they need not.
Mike White has produced a small and unassuming script that means a lot more than it first seems. Aided by a brilliant score from Mark Mothersbaugh, the film aims to catch the audience off guard with thoughts and ideas Brad sees as vital, yet in the wider scope mean nothing at all.
It is this revelatory nature that makes Brad’s Status so interesting. Brad’s constant narration and nitpicking at his own, and others, lives, gives the film a self-reflecting view. This becomes even more compelling when it is understood that Brad’s Status isn’t actually about Brad at all.