Nothing objectionable here, but is Brad really the most worthy of our critical appraisal right now? It's such a precise indictment of this obliviousness, this entitlement, that you'll see its premise and agree early on. As such, it would have been nice to see more bite, or a subject whose revelations won't seem so contrived to the rest of us. 2.5
Aside from wearing too much make-up Ben Stiller really puts his emotions bravely on the line here in this very topical look at ageing, jealousy, entitlement, self-worth and fulfilment. Supporting cast are all great, particularly Austin Abrams the son who provide the perfect teenage mumble and grounded balance for Dad. Never judge a book by it's status update. 3.5 stars
A deeply uncomfortable investigation of male delusion. Very good. My critique: it doesn't quite add up that the wife and son would have so much love for such a narcissistic neurotic. The wife character was ridiculously underdeveloped and probably shouldn't have been a character in the main narrative. It would've worked well if she was just a voice in the opening scene and then only featured in the flashbacky moments.