Jeff Who Lives at Home

2012

Jeff Who Lives at Home

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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

Cast

Evan Ross
as Kevin
Benjamin Bickham
as TV Pitchman
David Kency
as Teammate
Carol Sutton
as Elderly Woman
John Neisler
as Kevin Kandy Employee
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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Critic Reviews for Jeff Who Lives at Home

All Critics (140) | Top Critics (35) | Fresh (108) | Rotten (32)

  • The entire action of the film, right up to its final revelation, could be played as a dead straight, emotionally choked drama of the cosmic supernatural.

    May 10, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A squandering of space, time and actor/part-time screenwriter Jason Segel, last seen revivifying the Muppets.

    May 10, 2012 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Odd, sweet and languid, but little to get your teeth into.

    May 10, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • "Jeff, Who Lives at Home" is [the Duplass brothers'] best yet.

    Mar 16, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Mar 16, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • "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.

    Mar 16, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Jeff Who Lives at Home

  • Jun 07, 2015
    The premise was simple yet interesting. The film itself was never loud and never dull either. Good film overall.
    Maymay A Super Reviewer
  • May 16, 2013
    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 H Super Reviewer
  • Mar 31, 2013
    Really good, pleasantly surprised by this. I really liked the story with the mother (Susan Sarandon), and her secret admirer. Also Jeff's brother and his strained relationship with his girlfriend (Judy Greer - excellent). It's not a huge story, but it coasts along at a good pace and cast are all very convincing.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 19, 2013
    Much like its title character, "Jeff Who Lives at Home" doesn't know what it wants to be. Its title and cast breed expectations of a Judd Apatow-style character comedy about vulnerable men, but Jeff's mystical belief in following "signs" quickly turns the story into one of those shaggy-dog tales that prides itself on wandering off the path into trivial quirkiness. But by the end, it morphs into an unexpectedly sappy "everybody needs love" lesson. It's a lot to take within a brief 83 minutes. Good performances are mostly wasted on a soft script, and Susan Sarandon's side plot as an aging mother with a secret admirer feels thin and distracting. Meanwhile, the rash stupidity of Ed Helms' character is often too implausible to accept.
    Eric B Super Reviewer

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