Jeff, Who Lives at Home

by Ken Tasho
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Tuesday Jun 19, 2012
Jeff, Who Lives at Home

Quirky doesn't even begin to describe "Jeff, Who Lives at Home", a thoughtful comedy that takes a bit of patience before the laughs start coming. This isn't the typical outrageous comedy film that's popular these days; there is a subtle and sly approach to the material here.

Jeff (Jason Segel) is a slacker who at 30, still lives in his mother's basement. He's obsessed with Mel Gibson's film "Signs" and thinks life should revolve around it. He smokes pot incessantly and wanders around town clueless. He randomly bumps into his brother (Ed Helms) who's on his own quest to catch his wife in the act of an extramarital affair.

Meanwhile, his mother (Susan Sarandon) has a secret admirer at work and is helped by Ray Dawn Chong, of all people. People forget that Sarandon can be pitch-perfect at comedy and here she's flawless. These three stories collide and at the end, what's presented is a touching film.

Directors Jay and Mark Duplass shoot "Jeff, Who Lives at Home" almost documentary-style, giving the film an authentic feel. However, numerous zoom-in close-ups of the actors grow tiring after a while.

"Jeff, Who Lives at Home" looks average on Blu-ray, usually the case for comedies and dramas. This major release with an independent feel was lost at theaters and may have the same problem as a purchase. Without any special features, this 82 minute film works better as a rental.

"Jeff, Who Lives at Home"

Ken Tasho is a Corporate Drone by day and Edge Contributor by night. He has a love for all things ’80’s and resides in the Wayland Square area of Providence, RI...but would much rather be sharing an apartment in NYC with ’80’s rock goddesses Pat Benatar and Deborah Harry.


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