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Jeff, Who Lives at Home


Stars: Jason Segel, Ed Helms, Susan Sarandon, Judy Greer, Rae Dawn Chong

Director: Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass

'Have you ever forgotten where your destiny is and, when you do find it, it's not that exciting?' asks Jeff (Segel). Well, he had my support there. This movie is certainly not that exciting. In fact, it's a downright turn-off.

Jeff, 30, lives in his mother's basement, smoking his opium bowl, and recording obscure opinions on films such as Signs. When he received an obscene call asking for Kevin, Jeff becomes obsessed with the name, pursuing various Kevins, sometimes to his cost.

Meanwhile, brother Pat (Helms) has problems with his marriage to Linda (Greer), who seems to be on the verge of an affair. And their widowed Mom (Sarandon at 65 looking years younger and effortlessly stealing the film) has a secret e-mail admirer at the office.

Although only 82 minutes, the film seems much longer as it rolls ponderously from one non-event to another. It does find its wings in the last 10 minutes, but it's too little and far too late.

David Quinlan

USA 2011. UK Distributor: Paramount (Paramount Vantage). Colour by FotoKem.
82 minutes. Not widescreen. UK certificate: 15.

Guidance ratings (out of 3): Sex/nudity 0, Violence/Horror 0, Drugs 2, Swearing 2.

Review date: 06 May 2012