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

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When Jeff (Jason Segel) leaves his mother's basement to buy wood glue at the store, he looks for signs from the universe to determine his path. However, a series of unexpected and amusing events leads him to cross paths with his family, especially his brother (Ed Helms), in the strangest of circumstances and locations. If Jeff is very lucky and universally blessed, he will find the meaning of his life... and remember to buy the wood glue as well.

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  • Jun 07, 2015
    The premise was simple yet interesting. The film itself was never loud and never dull either. Good film overall.
    Maymay A Super Reviewer
  • May 16, 2013
    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.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Mar 31, 2013
    Really good, pleasantly surprised by this. I really liked the story with the mother (Susan Sarandon), and her secret admirer. Also Jeff's brother and his strained relationship with his girlfriend (Judy Greer - excellent). It's not a huge story, but it coasts along at a good pace and cast are all very convincing.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 19, 2013
    Much like its title character, "Jeff Who Lives at Home" doesn't know what it wants to be. Its title and cast breed expectations of a Judd Apatow-style character comedy about vulnerable men, but Jeff's mystical belief in following "signs" quickly turns the story into one of those shaggy-dog tales that prides itself on wandering off the path into trivial quirkiness. But by the end, it morphs into an unexpectedly sappy "everybody needs love" lesson. It's a lot to take within a brief 83 minutes. Good performances are mostly wasted on a soft script, and Susan Sarandon's side plot as an aging mother with a secret admirer feels thin and distracting. Meanwhile, the rash stupidity of Ed Helms' character is often too implausible to accept.
    Eric B Super Reviewer

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