Jeff, Who Lives at Home

Jeff, Who Lives at Home

Jay Duplass (2011)

79min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
A day in the life of a 30-something slacker is laid bare in this laid-back comedy. Jason Segel plays the dopehead who lives in his mother's basement and watches Signs, convinced he knows the secret to life. He's a mess, but the strength of his faith and his blindly innocent pursuit of something indefinable is also charmingly heroic. On an errand to the hardware store, he's guided only by signals from the universe (just like in the aforementioned M Night Shyamalan film) and bumps into his white-collar brother (The Hangover's Ed Helms) and then, his sibling's unfaithful wife (Judy Greer). Inevitably, the guys rub each other the wrong way and create plenty of comic sparks, but the writing/directing Duplass brothers (who made the similarly themed Cyrus) are also focused on the struggle of two mama's boys faced with grown-up choices. However, that awkwardness is sometimes felt in the tone, especially at the end, when you're not sure whether to laugh or cry. Ultimately, it's Susan Sarandon's matriarch who keeps the film anchored in reality, which only seems fitting.

Summary

A directionless 30-year-old man who lives in his mother's basement is obsessed with the story behind a mysterious wrong number. An encounter on a bus inspires him to investigate who the call was for, leading him to get mixed up in his more successful brother's martial difficulties. Comedy, starring Jason Segel, Ed Helms and Susan Sarandon.

Cast & Crew

Jeff Jason Segel
Pat Ed Helms
Linda Judy Greer
Sharon Susan Sarandon
Carol Rae Dawn Chong
Steve Steve Zissis
Kevin Evan Ross
Director Jay Duplass
Director Mark Duplass
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: ParamountGuidance: Violence, swearing, drug abuse.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 11 May 2012
Comedy