Magazine article Screen International

Jeff, Who Lives at Home

Magazine article Screen International

Jeff, Who Lives at Home

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Dirs/scr: Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass. US. 2011. 83mins

The Duplass brothers make a quirkily delightful leap into the almost-mainstream with Jeff, Who Lives At Home, a charmingly oddball gem of a movie that is funny, tender and ultimately moving as takes a fresh look at family and relationships. With a strong cast including Jason Segel, Ed Helms and Susan Sarandon, Paramount will be hoping this oddball little number could be a slow-burner, especially if critical support comes its way.

An enchantingly quirky and funny film.

Jay and Mark Duplass have long been mumblecore darlings through their micro-budget movies The Puffy Chair (2005) and Baghead (2008), and their most recent film, Jonah Hill starrer Cyrus (2010) gained good reviews. But they have gone up a gear with Jeff, Who Lives At Home and bring out the very best in their top-notch cast.

Impressive Jason Segel brings just the right amount of bumbling slacker charm to the role of Jeff, a directionless 30 year-old whose favourite film - and source of inspiration in his life - is M Night Shyamalan's Signs, and who happily lives in the basement of his mother's house, smoking a little weed and waiting for his destiny to come along.

When one day the name Kevin keeps cropping up in a television advert, random phone call and on the back of someone's basketball top Jeff thinks he has found a 'sign', and ignoring a request from his mother (Susan Sarandon) to run an errand he decides to follow where 'Kevin' takes him. …

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