Well, I honestly didn't know what to expect from Jeff, Who Lives at Home. The trailer doesn't really do the film justice at all, and I was reeled in on the promise of just another Segel movie, who I'm still convinced can't make a bad film. However, unlike his previous films Segel hasn't really had a big chance to stretch his dramatic chops, and here he does quite a bit. While it may feel like a scattershot film in the beginning, the film wraps itself up nicely at the end, proving that sometimes indie films can turn out to be quite better.
Jeff is a 30 year old loser who lives at home. He spends his days sleeping and smoking weed, doing nothing with his life. He has no job, no real friends, and his only human interactions are with his mother (Susan Sarandon) and his brother (Ed Helms). In the opening, Jeff explains his philosophy on life, which he uses, of all things, the movie "Signs" (Yes, the M Night Shyamalan film) as an analogy. While at first this seemed extremely corny to me, and more or less just the typical off kilter dialogue you would expect form your average stoner, this analogy proves to be quite a concept by the end of this film. The film centers around three different storylines, one with each major character. Jeff and Pat's mother is a tired office worker looking for a new romance, Pat is stuck in a dead end job and a failed marriage. It was nice to see by the end of the film all three plot lines wrapped up nicely.
This is more or less the story of three people rekindling their relationships with each other, and overcoming their differences and past mistakes. A great little indie film that I hope more people get to enjoy now that it is available to rent or own.