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6.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 62 Ratings

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  1. Jul 12, 2014
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Nice Little movie, nothing Special tho. i like segel and helms. if you getting into this movie its good. the end is a bit arbitrarily Expand
  2. Apr 28, 2013
    9
    Really enjoyed the idea behind this film. Everything happens for a reason is a cool premise if used right and in this film they do. Jason Siegel plays Jeff perfectly as a guy who doesn't believe in luck.
  3. Jan 6, 2013
    7
    Maybe I'm just a sucker for indie movies but this was cute. It showed just a hard day for a family and inspired hope for the future. I did not like the cinematography of it but during just plain scenes it worked fine. The script was a nice provocation of men who both lead romanticism lives just in very different ways.
    Just watch it alone on a Sunday it is a good time fill.
  4. Jan 4, 2013
    4
    This movie means well with the message it is putting forth, but unfortunately never rings true. I enjoy Helms and Segel both as actors but here they are given characters that have little to no nuance. Add to that the fact that the story is very contrived and you have a film that id very hard to connect with.
  5. Nov 28, 2012
    8
    A nice movie that generally describes many people who have no clue what to do with their life. But still I think that the story was a little bit too random.
  6. Sep 23, 2012
    7
    Really enjoyed watching this, it's a film that brings on a sense of warmth from watching.
    The only downside I can think of is how slow going it is, would definitely recommend a watch if you're having a slow day.
  7. Aug 10, 2012
    6
    Everything here is done with the utmost subtlety and comes full circle in this comedy with heart. However, a dragging pace and a ludicrous, unsatisfying ending serve as reminders that the Brothers Duplass can do better.
  8. Jul 9, 2012
    7
    Once starting the movie you'll sort of think you are in for a cliche movie, that is half true but towards the end of the movie, it makes you think again about life it self which gives this movie a great plus, it is quite a motivating and inspiring movie that might change your thinking style in a good way. Recommended.
  9. Jun 26, 2012
    9
    A very nice movie with a nice ensemble of actors. In a very fast techno fused age, it was nice to see someone step back and craft a movie that puts a character like Jeff, into the mix in this funny flick that has heart. I felt the picture had a little bit of something for everyone. Ed Helms reins himself in a bit to play a character that plays well opposite Jason Segel. Susan Sarandon does a great job as well playing the mother of the two polar opposite sons. I enjoyed it very much. A first rate work. Expand
  10. Jun 15, 2012
    6
    Enjoyable movie.
    A surprise.
    From the trailer i saw looked like a generic comedy but it turn out to be a good drama.
    A journey of a man that after losing his dad and inspired by a movie tries to find his destiny
  11. Jun 8, 2012
    8
    Jeff, who Lives at Home is a low-key comedy that often pays off in unexpected ways. Jason Segel stars as the titular, Signs-obsessed pothead who ventures out into the world with a trivial purpose before taking several detours along the way. The film dutifully follows. Jeff actively looks for messages, perhaps from a higher power, to derive some meaning from his existence. Early on he gets a call from a stranger asking for Kevin, then decides to follow a youth with the name Kevin on his jersey. Etc, etc. Meanwhile Jeff's presumably more responsible but less fun-loving brother Pat (Helms) and his girlfriend Linda (Greer) are unable to communicate. Linda thinks their relationship needs work, while Pat thinks it needs a Porsche. Their mother (Sarandon) wants Jeff to run an errand and ponders a secret admirer at work. Jeff occasionally runs into Pat and helps him follow Linda, who may or may not be carrying on an affair. This is basically what happens, which is to say, not very much. Still the movie manages to entertain, and provides its narrative threads with relatively satisfying conclusions. Save, of course, the too-convenient climax. The performances range from good to great. Segel is amiable, charming in a role that could quickly become agitating. Helms proves similarly memorable, while both Greer and Sarandon turn in oddly touching performances. The film excels at subtly humorous moments stemming from the loosely defined but recognizably human characters. Its directors and writers, the brothers Duplass, are admirable in their unwillingness to adhere to standard comedic and dramatic conventions. They utilize their signature lo-to-no-fi approach with grace; the shaky handheld camera and unnecessary zooms prove a small price to pay. Those who are curious should indeed see this film. Though neither the best of the year nor significantly groundbreaking, it is both enjoyable and genuine, exceedingly rare traits among modern releases. Expand
  12. Apr 20, 2012
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Outside the Hooters, Jeff refers to his old religion, defends it even, when Pat, the elder brother, makes fun of its chief prophet, Yoda, by arguing that the Jedi "would be killer in a business meeting." Now, he's a prophet himself, offering up his own commandment, adapted from a precursive faith(just like how Indian religions influenced Christianity), at the outset of Jeff Who Lives at Home, where his words to live by are superimposed over the black screen. According to the couch potato oracle: "Everyone and everything is interconnected in the universe. Stay pure of heart and you will see the signs." For Jeff, it's the M. Night Shyamalan film, and not Star Wars(see Patton Oswalt in Failure to Launch) that he **** beyond all reason, thereby transforming the filmic text into a quasi-religious object, more powerful than the Holy Bible. Stoned and disaffected, Jeff elaborates on the spirituality which flows through Signs, and its argument for predestination, making the audience cognizant of the fact that for all intents and purposes, our hero lives "in a galaxy far, far away," a galaxy where Graham Hess, a Pennsylvania farmer, becomes his own personal Luke Skywalker. Jeff doesn't "use the Force" anymore, instead, he tries to "see". His proclamations, however, are hard to take seriously, unless you believe that all the great philosophers do their best thinking just before they flush. Ironically, because Jeff starts his morning off mired in a marijuana haze, he misses the first sign, when Sharon calls her adult son to remind him about purchasing some wood glue for a minor home repair. In essence, Jeff Who Lives at Home is a stoner retelling of Signs. It's not God, but Shyamalan, who is in the details, starting with that open space where the closet door slat should be. The slats resemble the wooden boards in miniature, which the Hess family uses to seal themselves off from the doorknob-challenged aliens. Like the closet, the window that Graham reconfigures into a component of his impromptu fortress, is also missing a piece of wood, initially anyway, before the ex-Episcopalian minister nails the final board into place, without realizing how his remedial carpentry is part of a master plan. The pot induces in Jeff a selective cognizance. He catches the second sign, a wrong number, a man on the other end of the line who asks for Kevin, which Jeff translates from the sacred composition and dialogue of the Shyamalanian diegesis into a real world miracle. Whereas Graham broached the idea of there being no coincidences, Jeff appropriates this posited precondition of a world affected by metaphysics with the suggestion that there "are no wrong phone numbers." This epiphany directs the true believer to pen and paper, an endeavor that leads to another sign, when he discovers in the name Kevin, a notable, albeit imperfect, anagram: "knive". An "s"(for signs?) completes the emerging plural, and makes a sort of intertextual sense, since both the titular character from Cyrus(another mama's boy rendered by the same filmmakers) and Graham handle knives in an ambiguous manner. The supposed weapon is employed as a utensil for slicing bread in Cyrus' hands, while Graham uses his knife as a mirror, when he tries to glimpse the creature on the other side of the pantry door. The anagram's significance probably becomes self-evident to Jeff as he explains to Pat the logistical problems of knocking down a door(in this case, a motel room door) from such a short distance. On the other hand, Graham had the benefit of a running start, the whole expanse of his wife's killer's kitchen, but chooses instead to ply the knife as a benevolent instrument, before using it with malicious intent only as a last resort. Arguably, had the brothers not reunited, had invisible forces not been in the works, Pat, the cuckolded husband, could have inflicted bodily harm on the alien presence who desires Linda, but a "Kevin's Kandies" truck inevitably delivers Jeff to the rendezvous point, deftly avoiding an adjustment to the timeline. Still, the cinephilic zealot is filled with doubt. Did Jeff get beaten up by black youths in vain? But then, finally, on a bridge, the reason behind his father's death manifests itself, when Jeff steps out of the taxi to survey the traffic jam, and intuits the situation at hand. He puts his celluloidal faith in Bo's hands; Bo, the little girl who had the dream. "See," the dying words of a preacher's wife, gets reinterpreted as "sea", as does "swing away," which for Jeff means that he has to "swim away," therefore giving him the impetus to jump into the ocean below, saving the definitive Kevin and his two young daughters. In the process, Jeff becomes a Christ figure, because the Coast Guard paramedics resuscitate the prophet, or in other words, brings him back from the dead. Jeff Who Lives at Home proves that film is a religion, and not just in the metaphorical sense. Expand
  13. Apr 14, 2012
    8
    It's not the greatest film by the brother directing camera zooming duo but what is set up as a classic stoner comedy turns into a fantasy fable that touches on the meanings of life and love.
  14. Mar 31, 2012
    10
    Jeff is a sweet, thoughtful movie about people grappling with the mean of life -- of their lives specifically. The topic is heavy but the movie is light, and it's quite easy to enjoy watching really good actors (like Susan Sarandon) work their craft of being ordinary people. It's sweet, but it won't make you gag. And I have a strong gag reflex. Enjoy!
  15. Mar 24, 2012
    9
    An absolutely precious film about how each of us, individually, make our way through our lives, especially after realizing, as adults, just how finite our time is. Dealing with fears, loss, expectations, love, etc is at the root of every character in this film, each going through their own perspective. This film is perfectly cast with the best performances I've seen out of these actors in a long time. It is, perhaps, Jason Segel's best acting ever. Though short, easily predictable and full of strange camera shots, nothing takes away the pure sweetness of the story. Expand
  16. Mar 16, 2012
    6
    The ultra-talented, Indie darlings, the Duplass brothers ("Badhead," "The Puffy Chair," and "Cyrus") have here what might finally catapult them unto the mainstream scene. In their largest scale film yet, casting big names as Siegel, Helms, Sarandon, and Greer, the brothers create an easy-going, low-key, mumblecore that maintains a naturalistic tone and genuine palatability that doesn't set the viewer's expectations too high or too low; it beats a drum that is methodically modulated and internally contemplative, while possessing a poignant resonance that is more subtle than one might expect. What holds it back, is a beginning that meanders a bit too long, at times irksome, low-fi sound quality, and a message that promotes helplessness in adulthood; the film could benefit from more ardor and drive, both literally and figuratively. However, with the omni-present sense of delight that hangs over this little joy, combined with Seigel's lost, yet optimistic eyes contrasted with his blunderous, man-child mannerisms, Greer's adroit tears, and Sarandon's maternal elegance, "Jeff Who Lives at Home" captures the dysfunctionalities of everyday life and family, and presents it in a way that is neither brazen nor tawdry; its clean, purely funny, unadultered cinema. Expand
  17. Mar 16, 2012
    7
    A touching independent film, Jason Segel and Ed Helms drive this movie's story on fate and destiny. Jason Segel plays as Jeff, a man who doesn't do much with his life but believes that everything and everyone in the world is connected. As he begins to unravel what he believes is his own destiny he finds that what he does influences not only him but his mother and brother as well. The film is one of the more charming ones that has come out this year, reminding me of works by Jason Reitman who happened to also be a co-producer. While the audience may not be enthralled by the overall lack of comedy found in most of Segel's other movies, "Jeff, Who Lives at Home" has its quirks here and there that make it a fun heartwarming movie to watch and play along with. Expand
  18. Mar 16, 2012
    5
    Jeff satisfies my personal definition of an average movie almost perfectly. It's genial enough, but painfully slow out of the gates. Segel has some funny moments, Sarandon is excellent in her touching role, but there's just not much too this sucker. You can see right through it. The ending is dramatic, but it feels completely tacked on. Ed Helms and Jason Segel have done vastly superior movies.
Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 36
  2. Negative: 2 out of 36
  1. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    May 12, 2012
    60
    The film is watchable and often funny, but still seems encumbered with a kind of Sundance-indie self-consciousness, and I wondered if, in the end, it was doing anything more than the far more unassuming and gag-packed Harold & Kumar movies.
  2. Reviewed by: James Mottram
    May 12, 2012
    60
    Cool cast, hip directors, but a movie that's less than the sum of both. Like its title character, Jeff is gentle, warm but a little forgettable.
  3. Reviewed by: David Hughes
    May 7, 2012
    60
    There's undoubtedly comedy mileage in an irreverent sending up of the Signs/Magnolia school of everything-is-connected philosophy. Despite the calibre of the cast, the Duplass brothers mostly fail to find it.