Los Angeles Times
Date: 2012-03-16
Author: Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic

Article Mentions
Author, Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Mentioned, Susan Sarandon
Mentioned, Ed Helms
Mentioned, Judy Greer
Mentioned, M. Night Shyamalan
Mentioned, Jason Segel
Mentioned, The Descendants
The addled but amiable comedy of "Jeff, Who Lives at Home" messes around with the "out of the mouths of babes" idea of wisdom coming from innocents. The babe in this case is a 30-year-old pothead/man-child named Jeff, played by the also amiable Jason Segel, who seems to be staking his claim on just about any sweet, clueless character that comes along. He should be more discriminating. Jeff does indeed still live at home, in his mom's basement, drawing most of his murky understanding of the ways of the world from M. Night Shyamalan's spooky film "Signs." Mom (Susan Sarandon) is fed up and enlists Jeff's estranged brother Pat (Ed Helms) to get him off the couch and reengaged in life. Occasionally, and weirdly, there will be a good point in Je...(read more)
... The addled but amiable comedy of "Jeff, Who Lives at Home" messes around with the "out of the mouths of babes" idea of wisdom coming from innocents. The babe in this case is a 30-year-old pothead/man-child named Jeff, played by the also amiable Jason ...
... is fed up and enlists Jeff's estranged brother Pat (Ed Helms) ...
... to get him off the couch and reengaged in life. Occasionally, and weirdly, there will be a good point in Jeff's meandering musings. That isn't much to hang a hat on, but filmmakers Jay and Mark Duplass decide to anyway. The writing-directing brothers ...
... are at a breaking point and the sports car he thought would put the zip back in his life isn't really working out. And Mom is unsettled too there's a "secret admirer" who has surfaced at work and there's her frustration with Jeff at home. The twi ...


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