My roommate brings home this movie under the impression that it is a comedy (“That’s what redbox told me,” he says). Jason Segel is one of my favorite actors so naturally I assumed humor would be involved.
Though light-hearted, this movie deals mainly in kismet not laughs, as slacker and pot smoker Jeff (Jason Segel) goes from scene to scene as the guy who is in the right place at the right time. Jeff’s main goal is to appease Mom, Sharon (Susan Sarandon) who has been hounding him to fix a broken shutter. This is Jeff’s impetus to leave the house but he gets side tracked (which seems quite typical for him) and incurs some strange encounters. Eventually he runs into his brother Pat (Ed Helms) who appears to have his life together until he crashes the Porsche he bought in an asshole move that leads him to spy his wife in the company of another man. The story turns as the brothers (who don’t quite get along) move from location to location, following Pat’s wife Linda (Judy Greer).
The subtle character development is what drives the movie. There’s no outstanding performer here, but a group of actors who work well together to create a much more realistic story. It gives you that human element, which–if you’re not in the right mood, can be boring. I do have to say my favorite part is when Susan Sarandon’s character gains a secret admirer. Without giving away the twist, I will say that it is probably the most romantic part of the movie. Not a comedy and not necessarily a movie that I’d go back to see again, Jeff, Who Lives At Home is a very human story that leaves you with a positive perspective at the end. Warning: may contain happy ending.