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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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
R (for language including sexual references and some drug use)
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Ed Helms
as Pat
Judy Greer
as Linda
Evan Ross
as Kevin
Benjamin Bickham
as TV Pitchman
Lee Nguyen
as Clerk
David Kency
as Teammate
Raion Hill
as Thug
Zac Cino
as Gil
Carol Sutton
as Elderly Woman
Joe Chrest
as Paul
Katie Aselton
as Hostess
J.D. Evermore
as Waiter
John Neisler
as Kevin Kandy Employee
Matt Malloy
as Barry
Ian Hoch
as Bartender
Jesse Moore
as Taxi Driver
Scott Whitehurst
as Teen Driver
Wally Crowder
as Fisherman
Carol Wells
as Younger Girl
Savanna Kinchen
as Older Girl
Jennifer Lafleur
as TV Announcer
Lance E. Nichols
as Phone (O.S.), Elderly Man
Deneen D. Tyler
as Woman Calling the Police
Randall Kamm
as Field Reporter
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All Critics (132) | Top Critics (32)

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

Full Review… | March 15, 2012
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.

Full Review… | March 15, 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 15, 2012
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

It's boring.

Full Review… | March 15, 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 15, 2012
Detroit News
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | March 15, 2012
New York Post
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four stars

MisterYoda ?
MisterYoda ?

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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 Hunter
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.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

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