Film of the Day (05/02/18): Jeff, Who Lives At Home

Jeff, Who Lives At Home
Written By Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass
Directed By Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass

It started off as a simple mission for some wood glue, until destiny intervened…

Jeff, the mom’s basement-dwelling stoner you always warn your daughter about, is always looking for a sign. Like an increasing number of people in their 30s, he feels lost, frustrated and confused. He’s a rowboat in the ocean, waiting for a strong breeze or reliable current to drift him toward shore. Any shore, really. There’s an inherent sweetness to him, despite the frustration he causes his mother and the mocking he tends to receive from his brother Pat. Jason Segal IS perfect for this role, able to portray what could otherwise be a stereotype in a refreshing, gentle way that makes him easy to like. Ed Helms is very good as Pat, proving once again that he can flex his acting muscles a bit when called upon.

When Jeff leaves the house to get some wood glue to make a very minor kitchen repair for his mother, he has no idea the adventure life had planned for him that day, but you get the sense that he has been waiting for this day. He connects  (and reconnects) with familiar faces along the way, and tries to share his philosophy (or maybe it’s just a methodology) with those who can keep an open mind. He also really likes the movie Signs but come on, who doesn’t?!

This is a pleasant little film with a surprising climax. It’s full of heart and smiles in equal measure and I think it would resonate with most people. My only real complaint is the constant quick, small-scale zooms that gave off the vibe of a confessional sitcom, a formula I have personally never liked. But that’s a minor quip, as this indefinitely a film I would recommend.

Available on Amazon Prime.

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