From the desk of The Movie Snob
Jeff, Who Lives at Home (B+). I didn’t really think I would care for this movie, and at first I thought I was right. The affable Jason Segel (The Muppets) stars as Jeff, a 30ish slacker who lives in his widowed mother’s basement smoking marijuana and wondering what his destiny is. A wrong number starts him wondering if someone named “Kevin” might be the key to his search for meaning. But then his irritated mother (Susan Sarandon, Solitary Man) calls him from work and sends him on a more prosaic quest: to buy some wood glue to fix a broken shutter. Jeff is easily sidetracked, and while wandering around the city (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) he encounters his older brother Pat (Ed Helms, Cedar Rapids), who has just had a horrendous fight with his wife Linda (Judy Greer, The Descendants). More coincidental encounters ensue, leading the brothers to suspect that Linda is having an affair. As I say, at first I was annoyed. Thirty-year-old slackers are generally not that amusing to me, and Helms’s character is a thoroughly unlikeable tool, and coincidences continue to pile up at an unbelievable rate. But then at some point I just started to go with it, and the film’s conclusion put a smile on my face. I liked it much better than the directors’ last outing I saw, Cyrus.