Jeff, Who Lives at Home
Quirky doesn’t even begin to describe "Jeff, Who Lives at Home", a thoughtful comedy that takes a bit of patience before the laughs start coming. This isn’t the typical outrageous comedy film that’s popular these days; there is a subtle and sly approach to the material here.
Jeff (Jason Segel) is a slacker who at 30, still lives in his mother’s basement. He’s obsessed with Mel Gibson’s film "Signs" and thinks life should revolve around it. He smokes pot incessantly and wanders around town clueless. He randomly bumps into his brother (Ed Helms) who’s on his own quest to catch his wife in the act of an extramarital affair.
Meanwhile, his mother (Susan Sarandon) has a secret admirer at work and is helped by Ray Dawn Chong, of all people. People forget that Sarandon can be pitch-perfect at comedy and here she’s flawless. These three stories collide and at the end, what’s presented is a touching film.
Directors Jay and Mark Duplass shoot "Jeff, Who Lives at Home" almost documentary-style, giving the film an authentic feel. However, numerous zoom-in close-ups of the actors grow tiring after a while.
"Jeff, Who Lives at Home" looks average on Blu-ray, usually the case for comedies and dramas. This major release with an independent feel was lost at theaters and may have the same problem as a purchase. Without any special features, this 82 minute film works better as a rental.
"Jeff, Who Lives at Home"