Brad's Status

Synopsis: A father takes his son to tour colleges on the East Coast and meets up with an old friend who makes him feel inferior about his life's choices.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Director(s): Mike White
Production: Amazon Studios
  1 win & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
102 min

The night before we left,

I couldn't sleep.

I couldn't stop thinking

about Chris Kanew,

and how he quit,

and all the things he said.

Brad, I loved working

with you so much,

and I learned a lot from you,

but this job has made me...

kind of depressed.

I thought about

how I'd taught this kid everything I knew,

and how he was my only employee,

and... how pathetic it all was.

Then my mind drifted to the dinner party.

And the Architectural Digest.

She has a teenage daughter.

They call that...

- Oh, is that it? Okay.

- Yeah.

We were talking about cheese.

You got to try this.

This is, like, an imitation Comt.

- Really?

- But instead of organic...

Isn't that

your friend from college?

Brad has this friend from college...

I knew Nick had become

rich and successful, but...

I felt gut-punched.

I felt like the world was

rubbing my nose in something.

So many friends from college

have become successful.

Nick Pascale was

a big movie director in Hollywood,

living this crazy, decadent life.

Jason Hatfield had his own hedge fund.

Obscenely rich.

Owns three houses.

Big philanthropist.

Billy Wearslter sold

his tech company at 40.

He's already retired,

living a life of leisure in Maui.

Craig Fisher worked for the White House.

He's written all these best-sellers.

Always on TV.

It's stupid to compare lives.

But when I do,

I feel somehow I failed.

And over time, these feelings get worse.



Oh, my.


You okay?

What the hell?

You just... you just hit me in the face.

Oh, sorry.

It's okay.

Can't sleep.


How much do you think

your parents' house is worth?

My parents' house?

I don't know.

Like, uh, two million?

Two and a half?

I don't know.

You never thought about it?

What does it matter?

Well, aren't you getting

the house when they die?

When they die?

I think they're considering

leaving it all to the grandkids.

What do you mean?

Like, splitting everything

between the grandkids.

What? Steve has three kids.

He's already rich. We only have one.

How's that fair?

It's not up to me.

They also talked about just giving it all

to charity, so, who knows?


That's absurd.

Seriously, that's mean.

You work for a nonprofit,

and you think that's absurd?

Right, I work for a nonprofit.

You work for the government.

We need the money.

Look, I'm gonna be so distraught

when my parents die,

I'm not gonna give a f*** about the money.


Not at all?

Think you will.

What about your dad?

You have money coming to you.

Oh, he's an academic. I mean...

two hundred thousand, maybe.

Well, that'll help pay for Troy's college.

Is that why you're worrying about money?

We'll be fine.

We'll figure it out.

We didn't work this hard

to end up dying in a flophouse, you know?

All right, you're freaking me out.

I just feel like

we're running out of time.

It's like there's no more potential.

This is it.

We've plateaued.

It's not like there's gonna be some...

windfall that, you know,

suddenly changes our situation.

I mean...

We're not poor, Brad.

I kn...

In some circles, yeah.

Oh, what circles? The one percent?

We have a great life.

Go to sleep.

Do you think you should

talk to your parents?

Then we'll get some clarity.

You and I are done.

I love you.

Please shut up.


Troy, are you up?

Oh, yes. Hello.

What is your name?

I know your name.

You have ten minutes.

Uh, yeah, I'm ready.

I just got to put on my clothes.

Can you give me a second?


You have, like, the body of a man now.

Hey, Dad, can you not be weird?

'Cause I'm stressed.

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Mike White

Michael Christopher "Mike" White is an American writer, actor and producer for television and film and the winner of the Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award for Chuck & Buck. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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