Starring: Ben Stiller, Michael Sheen, Luke Wilson, Jenna Fischer, Austin Abrams, Jemaine Clement, Mike White
OUR RATING: ★★★★☆
Story: Comedy written and directed by Mike White, the story follows father, Brad Sloan (Ben Stiller), who after taking his college bound son, Troy Sloan (Austin Abrams) to the East Coast, the visit triggers a crisis in Brad. 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 son Troy, 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, Nick Pascale (Mike White), a hedge fund founder, Jason Hatfield (Luke Wilson), a tech entrepreneur, Billy Wearslter (Jemaine Clement), and a political pundit and bestselling author, Craig Fisher (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.
Best Quotes (Total Quotes: 18)
Brad Sloan: Troy! You have ten minutes.
Troy Sloan: I just got out, I’ve got to put on my clothes.
Brad Sloan: You have like a body of a man now.
Troy Sloan: Dad, can you not be weird?
Brad Sloan: Okay.
Troy Sloan: Can you close my door?
Brad Sloan: Yeah.
[Brad starts to walks off forgetting to close the door]
Troy Sloan: Can you close the door?
Brad Sloan: Yeah.
Brad Sloan: [to Troy] We’re going off to find your college. It’s going to be special.
[at a posh looking restaurant]
Azalia’s Hostess: We’re fully booked tonight.
[pointing to an empty table]
Brad Sloan: How about that one?
Azalia’s Hostess: It’s not available.
Brad Sloan: Oh. Looks like it’s available.
Azalia’s Hostess: Yeah, it’s not.
Brad Sloan: [voice over] At night, my mind drifted back to college. So many friends who have become successful. Craig Fisher worked for the White House. Jason Hatfield had his own hedge fund. Billy Wearslter sold his tech company at 40. What do I have? I work for a non-profit and nothing to show for it.
Brad Sloan: [voice over] Not only had I not lived up to my own expectations, I’d failed in the eyes of others. I pictured the wedding party. Everyone there, basking in each other’s glow. It wasn’t friendship that bonded them, but a perceived level of success. Whether I was forgotten or excluded made no difference. I was off the list. A nobody. A nothing. The world hated me, and the feeling was mutual.
[talking to Brad on the phone]
Billy Wearslter: Somebody asked about you. You know, whatever happened to you. “Where’s Brad? I remember Brad.”
Melanie Sloan: Be happy. Be present.
Brad Sloan: Love you. Alright.
Melanie Sloan: I love you.
Brad Sloan: These are competitive schools, Troy. Just try not to put too much pressure yourself.
Troy Sloan: My counselor things that I’ll pretty much get into everywhere I apply.
Brad Sloan: My kid’s going to Harvard.
Troy Sloan: Don’t jinx me, dude.
Brad Sloan: My son is a very talented musician, also composes his own music, so.
Female Professor: Wonderful.
Brad Sloan: I’m pretty sure Harvard is going to be in the running.
Female Professor: Oh, you think Harvard’s got a chance?
Brad Sloan: [voice over] Suddenly my thoughts darkened, Troy could easily end up struggling like me.
Brad Sloan: This is Harvard, even geniuses get rejected. We need to do everything we can!
Troy Sloan: Dad, I’m about to go to my interview, do you really need to be jumping all over me right now? You’re nuts.
Brad Sloan: Do I sound jaded? I started out as idealistic as any of your friends over there.
Ananya: You’re fifty years-old and you still think that the world was made for you.
Brad Sloan: I’m forty-seven.
Craig Fisher: [to Brad] Oh, that’s right, you have your little thing. Oh, that is a cool thing that you’re doing. That is good stuff.
Brad Sloan: Sometimes I worry that people think of me as a failure.
Troy Sloan: Everybody’s just thinking about themselves. The only person that’s thinking about you is me.
Troy Sloan: [to Brad] Your friends sound like dicks.
Brad Sloan: [to Melanie] Is it crazy that we made this kid and now he’s this really amazing person?
Brad Sloan: [to Troy] I’m proud of you.
Troy Sloan: [to Brad] Dad, are you having some kind of nervous breakdown or something?
Total Quotes: 18