8 BRAD’S STA­TUS STAR­RING: Ben Stiller

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Brad (Stiller, hop­ping with ag­i­ta­tion) is tor­mented by death-knell thoughts in mid­dle age: the head of a mi­nor non­profit, he’ll go no fur­ther in life—and he’s gone nowhere near as far as his old friends (in­clud­ing Michael Sheen, Luke Wil­son and Je­maine Cle­ment), all of them now rich. Then he takes a sen­ti­men­tal jour­ney: he bonds with his teenage son (Austin Abrams) on a tour of col­leges, and he learns that none of the old gang is truly happy. His heart is touched, but you sus­pect his mind is still a cork-board tar­get for darts of pride and envy. (Out now)

Me­lanie ( The Of­fice’s Jenna Fis­cher) is Brad’s re­luc­tant sound­ing board.

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