Jeff, Who Lives At Home

Whilst it’s always nice to imagine that a movie would want to do something more than just being ‘good hearted’ it’s also refreshing to see a movie like Jeff, Who Lives at Home which is so entirely devoid of cynicism. Newcomers to the mumblecore genre will find this latest outing from the prolific Duplass brothers a lot more palatable than some of their earlier offerings, especially as is stars A-listers Jason Segel and Ed Helms in strangely endearing variations on the stock roles that they portray. There’s an awful lot to like about this sweet, imperfect film.

Jason Segel plays Jeff, an over-grown manchild (‘What range!’) who lives in his mother’s (Susan Sarandon) basement and has a profound belief in serendipity. Ed Helms is his uptight brother who has bought a Porche and whose relationship with his wife (Judy Greer) is increasingly strained. During the course of one day, the universe aligns to bring all these people together in a plot that starts off in a relatively sensible fashion and ends in a blaze of (slightly silly) surrealism.

But don’t worry too much about the occasions on which it goes wrong because, all things considered, Jeff is a particularly sweet movie about fraternal love and the unending power of coincidence. It has some touching performances, despite Susan Sarandon being badly used, that might not have you dancing in the aisles but you’ll certainly be happier, having seen this, than you will be if you choose to see The Avengers. You have been warned.

A happy, consistent outing for the masters of mumblecore. Jeff is sometimes too inoffensive but that’s also its charm.

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Title: Jeff, Who Lives At Home
Director(s): The Duplass Brothers
Starring: Ed Helms, Jason Segel, Judy Greer, Susan Sarandon
Certificate: 15
Running Time : Not too long

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