Jeff Who Lives at Home (2012)

Filed under : comedy, review

“Everything happens for a reason.”

- Jeff Who Lives at Home

When I first saw the trailer for this movie, I thought it may something I’d go see should there be nothing else to watch – it looked interesting. Though I knew it may be a typical indie type of film, it still looked a bit intriguing and different. And so, I went to go check it out. And, guess what? I was right.

This film is more philosophical with bits of comedy intertwined than anything else – it’s definitely not for everyone. Though it touches upon issues some can relate and begs to ask the timeless question, “What is our purpose in life?”

Jeff, the main character (played by Jason Segel), has been trying to figure out the answer to this question his entire life by living at home with his mother Sharon (played by Susan Sarandon) while waiting for a sign to determine his fate. In other words, Jeff believes he has a destiny though he does not exactly know what it is yet.

On the other hand, there’s Jeff’s brother Pat (played by Ed Helms) who seems to be the responsible one having his life all figured out. Though, as the film progresses – we learn all is not as it seems to be. And, Pat learns that not everything always goes the way you plan them to be – life takes a turn and throws Pat off course.

However, Jeff and Pat are not the only ones who see their lives in utter chaos. Their mother, Sharon, also begins to question her life and direction asking herself, “How did I get here?” Even when she thought things couldn’t get any more chaotic, life took another unexpected turn. And, that is what life is all about – the unexpected.

Throughout the film, there are pieces of serious and philosophical themes intertwined with bits of comedy which makes for an entertaining yet thought provoking experience. At times, I found myself laughing at specific scenes and situations. Though at other instances, I began to think deeply about some of the overlying themes and life questions brought about. To sum it up, this movie had both serious and funny moments.

Overall, I was entertained by the film – it challenged the intellect while at the same time had its comedic side. To be honest, it made for an OK kind of movie. Though the only thing that I wished it had was more closure – it had a “draw your own conclusion” kind of ending.

(Note: While some may prefer these types of endings as it encourages discussion, I typically like to see some kind of closure. Though, that’s just me).

If you’re in the mood for a film that makes you think with some comedy, you may want to check this one out.

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