Thursday, April 12, 2012

Jeff, Who Lives At Home

I was pretty excited to see this one.  Great cast (Jason Segel, Ed Helms, Judy Greer, Susan Sarandon) and great directors (the Duplass brothers, who did The Puffy Chair, Baghead, Cyrus, all of which I'd seen and enjoyed).  But, alas, it didn't live up to my expectations.

Jeff is a 30-ish stoner who lives in his mom's basement, watches the movie Signs repeatedly, and searches for signs in his own life.  He sets out to buy some glue one day but ends up on a strange odyssey when he follows the signs he sees.  He crosses paths with his brother Pat, who has just bought a Porsche he cannot afford and whose wife is contemplating having an affair.  At the same time, their widowed mother has an adventure of her own involving a secret admirer at her dull office job.  The family's paths all converge at the film's climax.

If this all sounds not very interesting, that's because it wasn't.  That was probably my chief complaint about Jeff - it just wasn't that interesting.  And it wasn't that funny, either.  I was expecting a quirky comedy, along the lines of the other Duplass brothers' movies.  It seemed like Jeff, Who Lives at Home was trying to be a quirky comedy, but it took itself too seriously....which made it not all that good.

So....that's about all I've got to say about this one.  5.5 out of 10.

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