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Jeff Who Lives At Home


30-year-old slacker (Jason Segel) finds his true destiny as he helps his brother (Ed Helms) stalk his possibly cheating wife in this offbeat comedy about fate and family.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
3 out of 5
1 out of 5

Dramedy mixes adult material with worthwhile messages.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Jeff, Who Lives at Home is a low-key dramedy with some vulgar content but also some worthwhile messages. The main character (played by The Muppets' Jason Segel) smokes pot, and his brother drinks beer and whisky. Characters shout at one another fairly often and use strong language, including "f--k" and "s--t." There's a fair bit of sex talk and sexual innuendo, and two women share a tender first kiss. On the messages front, the main character believes that everything is connected in some way, and the movie's plot revolves around this belief -- ultimately, all of the characters learn to be happier after embracing that viewpoint. Teens and up may find this movie rewarding as well as funny.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about whether Jeff is a role model. Do the circumstances of his life make him a lesser person? How do his beliefs help the others around him?
  • Do Jeff's beliefs make sense? Is everything connected? What does it mean when the characters say, "the greatest day in the history of the world is today"?
  • One character buys an expensive sports car as a way to revitalize his life. Does this work for him? Why or why not?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: You come to like Jeff and even to admire him. The aura of holy foolishness that hangs around him is not just bong exhaust: he turns out to be the hero of a disarmingly sincere spiritual fable.

- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Thursday, March 15, 2012

Rotten: It's the modest, mumblecore version of the seemingly perennial story of man-children in the promised land.

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Friday, March 16, 2012

Rotten: Segel ... seems to be staking his claim on just about any sweet, clueless character that comes along. He should be more discriminating.

- Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Thursday, March 15, 2012

Audience Reviews

3 stars

An almost too-mundane look at a family stuck in a rut: Jeff (Jason Segel), who lives at home, (ha!); his mother (Susan Sarandon), who really has no life outside her sons; and Pat, Jeff's brother (Ed Helms), whose marriage is failing and who seems to only exist as the Better Than Jeff. Quirky because it all happens in one day, kicked off by Jeff going to buy some wood glue his mother has long been nagging him to get, and for its many ridiculous references to Signs, (yes, the M. Night Shyamalan/Mel Gibson movie). There were definitely a few "where is this going" moments, but before you know it you're into these characters and hoping they overcome it all in a heartfelt ending, which brings a new element into the picture: the family's loss of its patriarch. The shaky cam was annoying. Judy Greer was great. An uneven film that will be better than you might expect, but not a great one, either.

- danperry17, Wednesday, November 21, 2012

4 stars

'Jeff, Who Lives at Home' is a somber yet heartening experience for any one. It delivers a great amount of comedy and great acting from all it's stars. The story is endearing with a great finish. It's not the most perfect indie comedy ever, but it does its job well.

- fb100001048934982, Friday, August 24, 2012

3 stars

img]] Jeff Who Lives At Home is pure, unrestrained, absolutely hilarious Duplass Brothers material. They have a unique talent for making peculiar, quirky, charming and strangely sweet comedies with small bits of black humour inserted without changing the overall tone. And their most known film "Cyrus" upon release didn't recieve a lot of audience attention, and some of the critics who reviewed it negatively went on to pan it. I think it's an extremely under rated comedy and I feel the same way about Jeff that isn't recieving enough attention either. The chemistry Jason Segel and Ed Helms' share is fitting, energetic and stays hilarious through out the whole film. The script is full of eccentric and unpredictable humour but also offers some surprisingly intelligent dialogue. Although their are numerous gags in the film that are gut burstingly funny there is a reason for it. A second after an attempt at humour Jeff will suddenly be making serious statement's about spiritual enlightenment but Mark and Jay Duplass' screenplay doesn't shove those metaphors and meanings down our throats. The fact that they can be metaphorical and funny at the same time in a border line mainstream film is a great achievment. Because of that this is very ambitious, individual, emotionally involving film making that also outstandingly features, possibly for the first time in the history of cinema, a slacker hero who wins our heart the second he is introduced to us. It's strange, it's weirdly heart warming, and also one the funniest films i've seen this year. It's far from perfect, although flawed in some places and bearing in mind Cyrus is the Duplass Brother's best film Jeff is still a great effort in the mublecore comedy genre that I think anyone with an open mind for independently spirited films will enjoy.

- aquateen2, Monday, August 13, 2012