|ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: "Jeff, Who Lives at Home" typical indie comedy fails to impress|
|Written by Lee Strubinger, Daily Vidette Reporter|
|Tuesday, 03 April 2012 13:01|
It is the blockbuster doldrums, the holiday season has passed and summer is on its way, but what lies in between there, for movies' sake, is not much. Hoping to find a movie that picked up wind, I went to see “Jeff, Who Lives at Home.”
Even thought the title of the movie has Jeff’s name in it, the movie follows the lives of two brothers and their mother who have each settle into living a mundane lifestyle after the death of their father/her husband.
Jeff, played by Jason Segal, who really does live at home with his mother, has sat in his mother’s basement for year, smoking pot and watching television. But on this particular day Jeff gets a random phone call from a guy looking for Kevin, except Jeff has no idea who Kevin is. Jeff gets another phone call from his mother telling him to go to the store and buy wood glue.
This puts Jeff on a city bus where he sees a young man with a jersey that says “Kevin” on the back. Still dazed from a bong session in his mother’s basement, Jeff sees this as fate and follows the man after he gets off the bus.
Pat, played by Ed Helms, who is Jeff’s brother, just bought a brand new Porsche to spice up his suffering marriage. He and his wife live in a cruddy run-down apartment and made a promise to buy a house this year, but instead, on an impulse, bought the car for “next to nothing.” Linda, played by Judy Greer, is Pat’s wife and is furious with his decision and takes it out on him later in the movie.
Sharon, played by the lovely Susan Sarandon, is the mother of these two boys. She is extremely upset with her stoner son who lives in the basement and whines about getting wood glue for a broken piece of a shutter door.
Life has become a bore to her, especially after the passing of her husband which had been many years ago, until one afternoon, a paper plane lands on her desk with a drawing of a flower. She later finds out she has a secret admirer.
These three stories end up tying together in the end, but the journey to that end is a little monotonous. I think the story idea is a good one, but for me, I ended up yawning a couple times during the film. It was a strange style of humor at times, but one that was not effective. My recommendation would be to rent it, if you have nothing else to do that night and want to watch what looks like an indie comedy film, but nothing else.