Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2011)

Directed by: Jay and Mark Duplass

The title is pretty self explanatory; Jeff is a 30-year-old who still lives in his mother’s basement and doesn’t do much. His brother, Pat, is the “successful” one of the family – but his marriage is failing.  Jeff looks for his destiny in seemingly random occurrences, and pursues people or things that he believes to be “signs”. After coincidentally running into Pat (whom he rarely sees), Jeff and him discover that Pat’s wife might be cheating on him. After unraveling the real story, Pat and Jeff become  close once again after Jeff finds his purpose in life at the end of the movie.

This movie was nothing special. I honestly was expecting so much more, especially since I’m such a big fan of both Jason Segal and Ed Helms from their roles in How I Met Your Mother and The Office. This movie was supposed to be both a comedy and a drama, but I really did not find anything funny about it. In the end, when Jeff finally finds what he was looking for, it was not nearly as momentous as I felt it could have been. The film didn’t just focus on Jeff’s life: It focuses on Pat and his troubled marriage, and Jeff’s mom was even trying to figure her life out too. There were a few touching moments but I don’t think I’ll ever watch this one again.


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