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Jeff Who Lives at Home (2012)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 131
Fresh: 102
Rotten: 29

Critics Consensus: Sweet, funny, and flawed, Jeff, Who Lives at Home finds the Duplass brothers moving into the mainstream with their signature quirky charm intact.

Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 32
Fresh: 24
Rotten: 8

Critics Consensus: Sweet, funny, and flawed, Jeff, Who Lives at Home finds the Duplass brothers moving into the mainstream with their signature quirky charm intact.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 44,186

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Movie Info

On his way to the store to buy wood glue, Jeff looks for signs from the universe to determine his path. However, a series of comedic and unexpected events leads him to cross paths with his family in the strangest of locations and circumstances. Jeff just may find the meaning of his life...and if he's lucky, pick up the wood glue as well. -- (C) Paramount Vantage

Rating:
R (for language including sexual references and some drug use)
Genre:
Comedy
Directed By:
,
Written By:
Jay Duplass , Mark Duplass
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Jun 19, 2012
Box Office:
$4.2M
Runtime:
Paramount Vantage - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Jeff Who Lives at Home

All Critics (133) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (102) | Rotten (29) | DVD (5)

"Jeff, Who Lives at Home" is [the Duplass brothers'] best yet.

Full Review… | March 16, 2012
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

The funny, touching and vital Jeff, Who Lives at Home reaffirms your faith in Jay and Mark Duplass. Their films hit you where you live.

Full Review… | March 16, 2012
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

"Jeff, Who Lives at Home" is a high-wire act that could crash if the actors were out of sync, but under this big top, the never-better Segel keeps everyone aloft.

Full Review… | March 16, 2012
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

It's boring.

Full Review… | March 16, 2012
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

The lives of these sweet, confused, basically decent people wrap around one another in ways that are funny, far-fetched and touching.

Full Review… | March 16, 2012
Detroit News
Top Critic

Generates quite a few laughs on the way to a surprisingly satisfying climax.

Full Review… | March 16, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

The movie creeps up on you, and it's not until its firecracker ending that you realize just how much it made you care about these people.

Full Review… | July 2, 2013
Deadspin

Lacking compelling characters, this comedy never fully works as a cohesive whole.

Full Review… | June 30, 2013
Big Hollywood

True to their trademark vérité style, the Duplass siblings make the humdrum hum with low-key panache, as they consistently find beauty and truth in everyday occurrences.

Full Review… | June 2, 2013
The Patriot Ledger

Jeff, Who Lives at Home offers escapism of a different kind, an entertaining reminder that good people sometimes prevail, and that living by your own Yoda logic in your own universe may not be such a bad thing.

Full Review… | April 21, 2013

An enjoyable indie dramedy with a number of engaging moments and a solid performance from Jason Segel but not nearly as deep as the ideals that fuel Jeff's character.

Full Review… | September 30, 2012
ScreenRant

At 84 minutes it feels remarkably like an extended episode of a good sitcom.

Full Review… | September 18, 2012
Fan The Fire

Like its slacker hero, the Duplass Brothers' offbeat comedy is shambling, easygoing and slow to get going, but if you don't mind the film's zany meanderings then Jason Segal's sweet-natured Jeff is an amiable companion.

Full Review… | September 17, 2012
Movie Talk

...sweet, warmhearted, meandering, slow, and most often humorous.

Full Review… | June 17, 2012
Movie Metropolis

The fourth feature from Jay and Mark Duplass is the least impressive of their canon, despite it being sweet and slight and slim in all the right ways.

Full Review… | June 8, 2012
Quickflix

Those with a very low tolerance for indie quirk may find their patience tried, but I, who have been mixed on the Duplasses and really hated their last film, the similarly themed Cyrus, kinda couldn't help being charmed by this one.

Full Review… | May 17, 2012
Flick Filosopher

The film has a dark symmetry and dangerous moments that prove to be as funny as its sunnier ones.

Full Review… | May 12, 2012
Observer [UK]

This brilliantly acted film is another home run for The Brothers Duplass; life affirming and sure to put a spring in your step.

Full Review… | May 12, 2012
What Culture

Framed by the tug of war between free will and destiny, Jeff, Who Lives At Home is an engaging portrait of lives in a rut.

Full Review… | May 11, 2012
Liverpool Echo

A charming film with wonderful performances from Helms and Segal.

Full Review… | May 10, 2012
Sun Online

Quirkily perfect in a low-key way.

Full Review… | May 10, 2012
Daily Mirror [UK]

Short but bittersweet and gently amusing, it's hard to really dislike this film - but, like its characters, it's also hard to really warm to it.

Full Review… | May 10, 2012
Birmingham Post

The entire action of the film, right up to its final revelation, could be played as a dead straight, emotionally choked drama of the cosmic supernatural.

Full Review… | May 10, 2012
Guardian

A squandering of space, time and actor/part-time screenwriter Jason Segel, last seen revivifying the Muppets.

Full Review… | May 10, 2012
Financial Times

Cool cast, hip directors, but a movie that's less than the sum of both. Like its title character, Jeff is gentle, warm but a little forgettable.

Full Review… | May 10, 2012
Total Film

Odd, sweet and languid, but little to get your teeth into.

Full Review… | May 10, 2012
Little White Lies

Audience Reviews for Jeff Who Lives at Home

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YodaMasterJedi
MisterYoda ?

Super Reviewer

A man who believes that the universe gives signs about his life joins with his brother on a destiny-ridden adventure.
If you were to say that this film is too pat, too convenient, and overall eye-roll inducing, I would understand, but what do you expect from a film whose thesis is that the universe is guided by a cosmic plan?
The plot unfolds deftly with the requisite number of "must-happens," and Jason Segel gives a very good performance as the hapless Jeff. Ed Helms plays Pat as a man who is more fucked up than his brother but hides it better, and this is Helms's strength.
Overall, yes, I understand that it's hokey, but I found myself inspired and smiling by the end of this film, and it's one of the Duplasses finest efforts.

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hunterjt13
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

A well-intentioned by meandering, boring film about largely nothing in the lives of Jeff (Jason Segal) and his annoying, jerk brother Pat (Ed Helms), and how the two can't agree on anything relating to life. As said, it has good intentions, but the fact is this film is a wandering mess that fails to come across as a realistic drama in any sort (instead falling into melodrama territory, especially at its conclusion). It tries to be funny and quirky, but aside from a few chuckles, there's not much here, and Jason Segal's outstanding lead performance is wasted on writing that doesn't have a clue as to where to all go, evidence being a shoe-horned romantic subplot concerning the boys' mother (Susan Sarandon), that feels forced and awkward. Pretty bad movie.

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Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

Odd little movie, but strangely captivating. I turned it on just to see what it was about, and I found myself going along for the ride. What a pleasant surprise! Don't dismiss this movie if you are one of the few like me that didn't care for "The Hangover" movies - this movie has a quirky depth that is refreshing, and smart. I would MUCH rather watch a movie like this than another "Hangover" movie any day!

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itsjustme2004
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Jeff Who Lives at Home Quotes


Jeff:
I watched signs again last night.
– Submitted by Evan T (15 months ago)
Jeff:
I told you I dont believe in fighting.
Pat:
Oh yeah, because your a pussy.
Jeff:
Was Gandhi a pussy?
– Submitted by Directors C (2 years ago)
Jeff:
Everyone and Everything is interconnected in the universe. Stay pure of heart and you will see the signs. Follow the signs and you will find your destiny.
– Submitted by Victoria B (2 years ago)
Jeff:
This Porsche is tiny.
Pat:
The Porsche is normal sized--you're a Sasquatch.
Jeff:
Are those workout gloves?
Pat:
Uh, I don't think so, they came with the car, so...
– Submitted by Jack F (2 years ago)
Jeff:
Shit is alive!
– Submitted by Mindy B (2 years ago)
Jeff and Pat's Mom:
Did you get the wood glue?
– Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)

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