Jeff Who Lives at Home (2012)
Critic Consensus: 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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Critic Reviews for Jeff Who Lives at Home
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.
"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.
The lives of these sweet, confused, basically decent people wrap around one another in ways that are funny, far-fetched and touching.
Audience Reviews for Jeff Who Lives at Home
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.
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.
Jeff Who Lives at Home Quotes
|Jeff:||I watched signs again last night.|
|Jeff:||I told you I dont believe in fighting.|
|Pat:||Oh yeah, because your a pussy.|
|Jeff:||Was Gandhi a pussy?|
|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.|
|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...|