Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2012)

The last Mark Duplass-directed movie I watched was the average and awkward Humpday and that didn’t really set my world on fire.  Truthfully, I didn’t even know that this film was a Duplass joint, and was just attracted to it by the actors starring in it.  Jason Segel seems to have a knack for picking quality projects to get involved with (completely ignoring the horrible Gulliver’s Travels here), and if it weren’t for the existence of one Paul Rudd, Segel would probably be my most watchable actor.

Jeff, Who Lives at Home, well from the title alone you definitely get the feeling that it’s going to be a quirky, indie-comedy film, possibly about Feelings and Family.  And it delivers exactly that!  Jeff (Segel) does indeed live at home, and he’s a guy who has been inspired by the works of M. Night Shyamalan, specifically the movie Signs, and as such, he searches for meaning in the most mundane things.  After receiving a phone call that was not meant for him (or was it?!? Intrigue~), Jeff sets out to accomplish the one task his mother (Susan Sarandon) gave him for the day.  The task eventually ends up being pushed aside as events befall Jeff, and I can’t really reveal too much about the story without ruining the fun of it.

Okay, it’s clearly a slightly flawed film, as you just know something has to happen to Jeff because of the “everything happens for a reason” conceit, but the fun part is in the journey.  The acting is good, the events that take place are – for the most part – believable within the context of the film’s world, and the characters are interesting, in that you want to know what is going to happen to them.  This review feels so bland and generic, I’m sorry.  It’s hard to get all specific about something when the joy is in finding it out.

I liked the movie, and it doesn’t overstay its welcome, clocking in at about 80 minutes.  Recommended!

4 / 5

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About SkoochXC
Long-time blogger, Canadian, cine-snark-aphile, Tweeter and generally lonely hearted guy.

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