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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 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
Tre Styles ... Teammate (as David Kency)
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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Trivia

Jeff is "living in his mother's basement", but that would be very unusual in Baton Rouge: thanks to a shallow water table, tough clay soil, and extreme humidity, buildings there are rarely built with basements. The same is true of nearby New Orleans, where co-directors Jay and Mark Duplass grew up, and where the movie was shot. See more »

Goofs

The phone rings while Jeff is looking at a "knive". Jeff picks up the cordless phone and an audible beep is heard. The actual button on the phone is never pressed to cause the beep or start the call. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jeff: I watched "Signs" again last night.
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References Signs (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Chemically Changed
Written by Nicholas Piunti, Joseph Gaydos, Donald Deniston
Performed by The Respectables
Courtesy of Taro Entertainment
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Jeff, who lives in all our homes
10 June 2012 | by SteveMierzejewskiSee all my reviews

Everybody has a quirky movie that they, and few other people or critics, like. It just might be that a movie simply comes along at the right point in our lives and interlocks with events in it. I certainly have a number of movies among my favorites that fit into this category, and I have a feeling that Jeff, Who lives at Home might have been admitted to it.

Although it is billed as a comedy, and there are certainly comic elements to it, there is a more serious component that underlies it and gives it some depth. Jason Segel plays a slacker who, at the age of 30, has few prospects (and living at home at 30 seems to be the modern stereotype of a loser). Jeff clings to the idea that some 'sign' will appear to show him the way. In fact, he is viewed as nothing but a loser by his mother, brother, and just about everyone else. When someone mistakenly calls his number asking for Kevin, Jeff, seeing this as the sign he's been waiting for, begins his search for his role in the universe, brushing aside all ridicule in the process.

I like movies that show how small, apparently insignificant, choices can lead to life changing events. I also like movies in which a character is redeemed by adhering to principles that everyone else thinks are insane. In its own subtle way, the movie questions many of the basic premises that underlie modern society. Yeah, I know, maybe I'm reading too much into this, but, I suppose, that's why we all like certain movies that others don't.

You're not going to get a better guy to play a slacker-loser than Segel. The other actors hold up their roles well. I admit that I expected little of this movie, but I found it engaging right from the opening scene. Give it a chance and I foolishly believe you will not be disappointed


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 May 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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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

Gross USA:

$4,269,426

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,704,757
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1.85 : 1
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