Jeff, Who Lives at Home (15)
18 May - 24 May 2012
The Duplass Brothers (The Puffy Chair, Cyrus) bring their particular brand of black humour to the story of a character all too recognisable to many of us, whose life hasn’t quite turned out how he expected.
Jeff (The Muppets’ Jason Segel) is 30, overweight, and still living at home. His mother (Susan Sarandon) constantly tries to motivate him and his successful older brother Pat (Ed Helms) constantly tries to cover for him, but Jeff, a firm believer in destiny, is waiting for a sign that his life is about to begin. A routine quest for some glue to fix a window shutter takes the two brothers on an odyssey across town where they learn some valuable lessons about themselves.
In the hands of anyone else this film might have ended up as a kooky mess, but with the Duplass Brothers at the helm the story remains grounded and surprisingly touching. Characters which on paper could sound annoying and trite end up feeling real and human. Segel in particular is an absolute gem as Jeff, who maintains a quiet dignity and self belief in the face of everyone else’s conviction that he’s a failure.