(2017) (Ben Stiller, Austin Abrams) (R)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Dramedy: While helping his son check out various colleges, a middle-aged man reassesses his place in the world and life, all while comparing himself to former college classmates who've gone on to lives of fame and fortune.
- Brad Sloane (BEN STILLER) is a 47-year-old man who runs a non-profit in Sacramento where he lives with his wife, Melanie (JENNA FISCHER), and their son, Troy (AUSTIN ABRAMS), who's trying to decide where he should go to college. With Melanie needing to work, Brad and Troy fly to the East coast and begin touring various schools, all of which gets Brad thinking about his undergraduate days and the immense success some of his former classmates have achieved.
There's Craig Fisher (MICHAEL SHEEN), a former White House communications director who's now written books, is hired for speaking engagements and appears on various TV news shows. Billy Wearsiter (JEMAINE CLEMENT) sold a high-tech company and now lives in Hawaii with his two girlfriends, while Jason Hatfield (LUKE WILSON) runs a hedge fund and has his own jet. And Nick Pascale (MIKE WHITE) has become a famous movie director, all of which makes Brad feel as if he's underachieved in his post-college life.
While touring Harvard, he and Troy meet undergrad students Ananya (SHAZI RAJA) and Maya (LUISA LEE) who remind Brad of the days when he thought the world was his and thus left him filled with optimism and idealism about the future. As Troy continues with his tours, Brad must contend with the feelings all of this has dredged up in him.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Unless they're fans of someone in the cast, it doesn't seem too likely.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For language.
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