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Actually Brad (Ben Stiller) could be really proud of his life: he has a good job, a loving wife (Jenna Fischer) and a talented son who will go to college soon. But as he travels along the east coast with Troy (Austin Abrams) so that the boy can see different colleges, Brad is confronted with memories of his own youth. He thinks of all his friends back then who are so much more successful than he is. And suddenly Brad finds himself in a deep crisis of meaning, from which he can only free himself when he realizes that success doesn't have to be synonymous with happiness…
Director Mike White has staged a melancholic midlife crisis drama with "Im Zweifel glücklich", which, however, has a problem: Protagonist Brad complains on too high a level. Actually, he's doing really well, but he feels sorry for himself throughout the whole movie. And that can get on your nerves in the long run. Ben Stiller plays the role grandiosely and seems very authentic. But it is precisely when he tries to conceal his frustration with a confident attitude, puts obstacles in the way of his son, or makes a fool of himself in front of other people, that it is difficult to show real sympathy for him.
What White does well is to disenchant supposed illusions, especially when it comes to the misconception that the grass on the other side is always much greener. Brad knows from his youth friends only what he reads in social networks or hears about third parties. Thus he builds up an ideal picture of their lives, against which his life actually seems a little pathetic. How reality is then confronted with these ideas is one of the film's great strengths, as it is revealed by Brad's fears, self-doubt and envy, which he projected onto the other men, ultimately have their roots somewhere completely different.
"In doubt happy" manages very well to trace the midlife crisis of a man who simply can't cope with his middle-class status in the face of a society in which even in his forties one has to be young, rich and sexy. The message of the film is clear: Look twice, then you might be able to see that what you are looking for is exactly what you already have. Unfortunately, this is only conditionally entertaining and somewhat exhausting to look at, which is why the deserved "worth seeing" is only available with limitations!
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