Jeff, Who Lives at Home


Whoa! You see, not only is this film pretty much all about whether there’s such a thing as destiny, fate, signs and the like, it does so by repeatedly referring to M. Night Shyamalan’s masterpiece, “Signs” – a film I thought I was the only one to be that fascinated about!

Speaking of signs (or coincidences, if you’d rather take it like that), “Jeff, Who Lives at Home” happens to star the actors who play my favourite characters in two of my favourite current sitcoms, “How I Met Your Mother” and “The Office,” respectively Jason Segel and Ed Helms.

They play brothers who, from the outside, may seem very different – Jeff is a 30-year-old pothead who lives in his mother (Susan Sarandon)’s basement, while Pat has a job, a wife (Judy Greer) and a house – but who turn out to both be rather immature and insecure… We follow them over a day as they try to make sense of various signs and/or coincidences, many of which deal with someone named Kevin – like me!

This leads to a bunch of funny, touching, insightful, whimsical moments, building up to a conceptually brilliant Shyamalanesque climax… the execution of which is good but not great, though.

The Duplass brothers are wonderful writers and decent directors, but they’re very indie, or at least not quite able to knock said climax out of the park and fulfil its potential to be an all-time great sequence.

That being said, it still works and the movie remains satisfying and well worth seeing. It’s no “Signs,” but hey…