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Jeff Who Lives at Home (2012)

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78

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

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

74

Average Rating: 6.7/10
Critic Reviews: 31
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 8

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

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Average Rating: 3.4/5
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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

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Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass

Jun 19, 2012

$4.2M

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All Critics (133) | Top Critics (31) | Fresh (102) | Rotten (29) | DVD (5)

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

March 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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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.

March 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone
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"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.

March 16, 2012 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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It's boring.

March 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Comments (23)
Globe and Mail
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The lives of these sweet, confused, basically decent people wrap around one another in ways that are funny, far-fetched and touching.

March 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Detroit News | Comment (1)
Detroit News
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Generates quite a few laughs on the way to a surprisingly satisfying climax.

March 16, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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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.

July 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin
Deadspin

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

June 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
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.

June 2, 2013 Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger
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.

April 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

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.

September 30, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenRant
ScreenRant

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

September 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
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.

September 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

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

June 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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.

June 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Quickflix
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.

May 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

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

May 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
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.

May 12, 2012 Full Review Source: What Culture
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.

May 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Liverpool Echo
Liverpool Echo

A charming film with wonderful performances from Helms and Segal.

May 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

Quirkily perfect in a low-key way.

May 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
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.

May 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Birmingham Post
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.

May 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

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

May 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Financial Times
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.

May 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

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

May 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Audience Reviews for Jeff Who Lives at Home

four stars
May 30, 2013
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.
May 16, 2013
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.
May 4, 2013
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!
April 2, 2013
itsjustme2004

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    1. Jeff: I watched signs again last night.
    – Submitted by Evan T (9 months ago)
    1. Jeff: I told you I dont believe in fighting.
    2. Pat: Oh yeah, because your a pussy.
    3. Jeff: Was Gandhi a pussy?
    – Submitted by Directors C (20 months ago)
    1. 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 (20 months ago)
    1. Jeff: This Porsche is tiny.
    2. Pat: The Porsche is normal sized--you're a Sasquatch.
    3. Jeff: Are those workout gloves?
    4. Pat: Uh, I don't think so, they came with the car, so...
    – Submitted by Jack F (2 years ago)
    1. Jeff: Shit is alive!
    – Submitted by Mindy B (2 years ago)
    1. Jeff and Pat's Mom: Did you get the wood glue?
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
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