Ben Stiller Suffers From Severe FOMO in First Look at ‘Brad’s Status’

CinemaCon 2017: Amazon Studios showcases Mike White drama about unrealized potential, jealousy

Mike White’s new Ben Stiller drama “Brad’s Status” finds the bankable comedian playing a middle-aged dad with a serious case of FOMO.

Otherwise known as “fear of missing out,” Stiller is a New Yorker who has bumped his head on the few rungs of life’s ladder he has managed to climb — and finds himself jealous of his more successful friends.

At CinemaCon in Las Vegas, Amazon Studio’s Head of Marketing and Distribution Bob Berney shared a clip from White’s film, which is currently in postproduction.

In the teaser, Stiller is lecturing his smart but intensely laid back son on dealing with the pressure of getting into college. He tells a story about his own struggles getting into Yale, and then his son reveals he’s actually close to landing admittance to Harvard.

There’s a bittersweet exchange and on Stiller’s face runs a gamut of emotion over the news: pride, sorrow, bitterness and his resting expression — privileged confusion.

The title, Berney hinted, might borrow from a common affliction in our digital age — that same FOMO we see in the crafted and filtered images of the success and happiness of our friends on social media.

The film is scheduled for release this fall.