Jeff, Who Lives at Home
|Jeff, Who Lives at Home|
|Directed by||Jay Duplass
|Produced by||Lianne Halfon
|Written by||Jay Duplass
|Music by||Michael Andrews|
|Editing by||Jay Deuby|
|Studio||Right of Way Films
|Distributed by||Paramount Vantage|
|Running time||83 minutes|
Jeff, Who Lives at Home is an American comedy-drama film starring Jason Segel and Ed Helms, written and directed by Jay and Mark Duplass and co-starring Judy Greer and Susan Sarandon. The film premiered on September 14, 2011 at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival and then saw a limited release in USA and Canada on March 16, 2012, after having been pushed back from the original date of March 2. The film received positive reviews from critics, but was a box office failure.
The film is about two brothers who reside in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Jeff (Segel) is a 30-year-old unemployed stoner, living in his mother's basement. His older brother Pat (Helms) is a successful yuppie but struggles with a failing marriage. Their widowed mother, Sharon (Sarandon), is disappointed with Jeff and with her unfulfilled dreams.
Jeff looks for his destiny in seemingly random occurrences. He finds inspiration in the feature film Signs, which reinforces his belief in his outlook. One day, he answers the telephone; it's a wrong number, from somebody asking for "Kevin," and Jeff contemplates the meaning of this and decides it's a sign. He pursues people or things named Kevin as a result.
After unexpectedly meeting up with his brother Pat, they suspect that Pat's wife, Linda (Greer), is cheating on him with Steve (Zissis). They try to determine how to handle the situation. Meanwhile, Sharon finds some solace in a "secret admirer" sending her messages at work. Throughout a day of random meetings and emotional revelations, Jeff, Pat, Linda, Sharon, and Sharon's secret admirer come together in a traffic jam on a bridge, and Jeff finally finds what he's looking for.
- Jason Segel as Jeff
- Ed Helms as Pat
- Susan Sarandon as Sharon Thompkins
- Judy Greer as Linda
- Rae Dawn Chong as Carol
- Steve Zissis as Steve
- Evan Ross as Kevin
The film grossed $840,000 in its opening weekend.
The film received generally positive reviews. At Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a positive "fresh" rating of 78%, based on 127 reviews and an average rating of 6.7/10, with the critical consensus saying, "Sweet, funny, and flawed, Jeff, Who Lives at Home finds the Duplass brothers moving into the mainstream with their signature quirky charm intact". It also has a score of 60 on Metacritic based on 33 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times described Jeff, Who Lives at Home as "a whimsical comedy [that depends] on the warmth of Segel and Sarandon, the discontent of Helms and Greer, and still more warmth that enters at midpoint with Carol (Rae Dawn Chong), Sarandon's co-worker at the office." He concluded that "it's not a Feel Good Movie, more of a Feel Sorta Good Movie." Peter Travers of Rolling Stone writes that the film is "funny, touching, and vital" praising the Duplass brothers by saying that "their films hit you where you live."
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- Official website
- Jeff, Who Lives at Home at the Internet Movie Database
- Jeff, Who Lives at Home at Rotten Tomatoes