Watching "Jeff, Who Lives at Home"
Published on April 3, 2012 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I review the new Duplass brothers movie "Jeff, Who Lives at Home."

Here's an excerpt:

"The new film 'Jeff, Who Lives at Home' is endearing, but also exasperating — an enjoyable movie that doesn’t stand up to thoughtful analysis once it’s over. Individual scenes and performances are memorable and interesting, but the story becomes increasingly implausible as the film moves along.

This is deliberate: 'Jeff, Who Lives at Home' is about the search for meaning, and takes place in a world where everything happens for a reason and there are no coincidences. It’s a low-key, cosmic comedy, shot in a naturalistic style that makes it seem more rooted in the real world than it actually is. This film is a fantasy, set in a mundane world of office cubicles and chain restaurants and cheerless basements.

Jeff (Jason Segal) is a jobless 30-year-old who lives in his mother’s basement and smokes pot all day. He’s good-hearted but depressed, and has recently become obsessed with the M. Night Shyamalan film 'Signs,' which he believes accurately describes how the world works. (Sample dialogue: 'I watched ‘Signs’ again last night. It gets better every time I see it.') All I’ll say about this is that 'Signs' is a stupid film, and that only a person who’s stoned out of his mind could look to it for philosophical guidance."

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