Jeff, Who Lives at Home

Dispatched from his basement room on an errand for his mother, slacker Jeff might discover his destiny (finally) when he spends the day with his brother as he tracks his possibly adulterous wife.

Writers: Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass
Director: Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass
Stars:  Jason Segel,  Ed Helms, Susan Sarandon , Judy Greer
Runtime: 83 Minutes
Popcorn Score: Medium Popcorn with Butter

Jeff (Jason Segel) is arguably nothing at all like the typical 30 year old stoner that is unemployed and living in his mother’s basement. Sure he has all of those standard character flaws, but unlike the typical “basement boy” with no hopes or dreams, Jeff is constantly looking for a sign that is going to launch his life into something purposeful that will help him learn who and what he is meant to be.

His father died due to illness when Jeff and his brother Pat (Ed Helms) were teenagers and that is something that they both, along with their mother Sharon (Susan Sarandon) have had shape their now stagnant adult lives. Ed rents an apartment with his wife Linda (Judy Greer) and when we meet the tired couple he is breaking the news that he blew the money they were saving for a house on a new Porsche. Sharon’s birthday is coming up soon and she works in a cubicle with her only escape being the photo of a beach set on the corner of her desk. Jeff, lives at home.

“Jeff, Who Lives at Home” is a story about a very dynamic day for all of these unfortunate, but likable characters. The whole movie gives you a bit of a pit in your stomach, even when the funny actors and situations are making you laugh. One interesting thing that it made me think about is how on any given day, you can wake up and experience something you have never experienced before. Something can happen in the next 12 hours that you never would have imagined ever happening. Jay and Mark Duplass (“The Puffy Chair”, “Cyrus”, “The League”) present this idea in a very dramatic fashion that comes together with a ton of power and emotion. I really enjoyed how this, at one point seemingly average, mundane day in the lives of these mundane people finishes and leaves you with slight satisfaction as you leave the theater. It allows you to believe that what is to come for these people might be good, that it might not all go back to normal as soon as the credits roll. Maybe it won’t.
Medium Popcorn with Butter.

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