Jeff, Who Lives at Home With his large bod, soft features, and air of goofy sweetness, Jason Segel is a natural fit for Jeff, Who Lives at Home , a… Jeff, Who Lives at Home With his large bod, soft features, and air of goofy sweetness, Jason Segel is a natural fit for Jeff, Who Lives at Home , a… 2012-03-16 R Comedy Ed Helms Jason Segel Paramount Vantage
Movie Review

Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2012)

MPAA Rating: R
GAME CHANGE Jason Segal plays a slacker still living with his mom and Ed Helms plays his brother in Jeff, Who Lives At Home
Image credit: Hilary Bronwyn Gay
GAME CHANGE Jason Segal plays a slacker still living with his mom and Ed Helms plays his brother in Jeff, Who Lives At Home
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Mar 16, 2012; Rated: R; Genre: Comedy; With: Ed Helms and Jason Segel; Distributor: Paramount Vantage

With his large bod, soft features, and air of goofy sweetness, Jason Segel is a natural fit for Jeff, Who Lives at Home, a goofy, sweet comedy about estranged siblings who work their way back to brotherly love in the course of a daylong, very shaggy caper of coincidences. "Live" is almost too active a verb for what Jeff does in the basement of his mother's house in Baton Rouge, La. He's a 30-year-old stoner who drifts through his days looking for signs from the universe of what to do with his life while Mom (a particularly lovely Susan Sarandon) holds down an office-cubicle job. Ed Helms is similarly well built — that bulldog stance, those aggressive teeth — to play Jeff's permanently angry brother Pat. Steady employment and marriage suggest that he's the more grown-up of the two, but Pat is doing a pretty effective job of screwing up his blessings. (As she is in The Descendants, Judy Greer is a peach at playing the unfairly treated wife.)

The movie is the latest tale of irregular moments in the lives of everyday people from Jay and Mark Duplass. They're the brothers who began their filmmaking career in the mumblecore corps (The Puffy Chair, Baghead), then stepped up the emotional stakes with Cyrus. Jeff continues and expands the brothers' maturing interest in the bonds that truly connect people and suggests that the Duplasses are still figuring out what matters, cinematically. Signs point to success in getting there. B

Originally posted Mar 14, 2012 Published in issue #1199 Mar 23, 2012 Order article reprints
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Weekend of Nov 23 Box Office Source: Rentrak Corp.
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1. $123.0 1 $123.0 B-
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5.
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$2.8 8 $156.8 A
6.
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$2.6 2 $10.1 B+
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8.
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$1.9 6 $79.1 C+
9.
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$1.9 6 $14.4 A-
10.
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