Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2012) – 3/5

Eh. An okay comedy lacking the usual Duplass brothers’ charm and naturalistic acting. It has its moments, and the plot is somewhat different from your usual comedic fare, it just didn’t do anything for me. Name actors and a bigger budget don’t always equal a better film, and this is a good example of that.

The plot is surprisingly spiritual and “fate-centric,” which is sometimes entertaining and other times kind of dull. It’s nothing ground breaking or unique, though; just the usual predictable fare we’ve seen in sitcoms thousands of times before, but with slightly better acting and editing. There are laughs here and there, sure, but it’s nothing special. In fact, there’s one moment near the end that actually kind of ticked me off involving Susan Sarandon’s character where, **SPOILERS** after having been harassed by a secret admirer at her work place throughout the film, the easily predictable identity of said character is revealed to be that of another woman who then proceeds to successfully talk an otherwise heterosexual Sarandon into having a relationship with her. **END SPOILERS** Hmm. I don’t think that’s how sexuality works, but okay, whatever Hollywood, you keep pushing that agenda.

Overall, yeah, an okay film, good for some laughs here and there, but nothing more. It deserves some credit for trying to do something a little different plot wise, and the acting is decent, with Jason Segel playing a slightly more mellow version of the middle-aged frat boy persona he’s perfected over the years. But ultimately, eh. Nothing to write home about, as they say.

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