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Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2011)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 11 May 2012 (UK)
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Dispatched from his basement room on an errand for his widowed mother, slacker Jeff might discover his destiny (finally) when he spends the day with his unhappily married brother as he tracks his possibly adulterous wife.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Segel ... Jeff
Ed Helms ... Pat
Susan Sarandon ... Sharon
Judy Greer ... Linda
Rae Dawn Chong ... Carol
Steve Zissis ... Steve
Evan Ross ... Kevin
Benjamin Brant Bickham Benjamin Brant Bickham ... TV Pitchman (as Benjamin Bickham)
Lee Nguyen Lee Nguyen ... Clerk
Tim J. Smith ... Guard
Ernest James ... Guard
David Kency ... Teammate
Raion Hill Raion Hill ... Thug
Zac Cino Zac Cino ... Gil
Lance E. Nichols ... Elderly Man / Phone (O.S.)
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Storyline

Jeff, at 30, lives in his mom's basement, unemployed, looking for signs about what to do with his life. He answers a wrong-number call for "Kevin". Later, on a bus, he sees someone wearing a jersey with "Kevin" on the back. Jeff follows him. Meanwhile, Jeff's brother, Pat, a tone-deaf salesman, upsets his wife by buying a Porsche they cannot afford; Pat runs into Jeff soon after and they see Pat's wife with another man. At her job, Jeff and Pat's mom receives e-mails from a secret admirer; she tries to figure out who it is. Misunderstandings, errors, and confrontations abound. A backup on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway brings things to a head. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

The first step to finding your destiny is leaving your mother's basement.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including sexual references and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 May 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A casa con Jeff See more »

Filming Locations:

Metairie, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$855,709, 18 March 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,244,155, 13 May 2012
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The bathtub scene between Jason Segel and Ed Helms was all improvisation. Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass allowed the actors to riff off for 40 minutes straight before calling "cut". See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the film Jeff is seen putting a blanket around his mother to comfort her and in the very next shot she is not wearing it. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jeff: I watched "Signs" again last night.
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Connections

Referenced in Brows Held High: Tiny Furniture (2014) See more »

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Two Princes
Written by Aaron Comess, Chris Barron (as Christopher Gross), Eric Schenkman & Mark White
Performed by Spin Doctors
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement With Sony Music Licensing
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Money, That Was Well Spent
30 March 2012 | by PycsSee all my reviews

Don't let the title scare you away, 'Jeff, Who lives At Home' is a deep character study about three unhappy people and the meaningless existences they each inhabit.

One such person is Pat (Ed Helms), a man stuck in a roller coaster of a relationship with his wife, Linda (Judy Greer). Pat has recently purchased any man's dream car, a brand new Porsche. Judy doesn't share in his delight for his new automobile, which only distances them even more. When Pat suspects Linda of having an affair, it leads him on a inept detective mysterious, where most of the films humor draws on.

Susan Sarandon plays Sharon, the mother of Pat. A widower, Sharon is very lonely and loans for someone to connect with. When a "secret admirer" begins sending her flirty messages, Sharon is delightfully surprised someone is still interested in her despite her age. It's up to Sharon to uncover this mystery person's identity.

The last chapter, the title character, is played by Jason Segal. By far the best part of the movie, Jeff is a slacker in his 30's with no real aim in life. After seeing the movie 'Signs' and having someone with the wrong number call him and ask for a Kevin, he believes it to be a sign. The rest of his arc delves into him following after all things tied to "Kevin," and the strange paths it takes him.

A common misconception I can see being falling into is that this will be a broad, raunchy comedy, like the ones Ed Helm and Jason Segal have headlined in their career. If you go into this film expecting that, you'll be disappointed. This is a thinking man's movie, with smart humor and likable characters sprinkled in. With your time.


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