Movie Review: “Jeff, Who Lives at Home”

If you can get past the fact that there is no possible way that Jason Segel, Susan Sarandon and Ed Helms are related then I recommend seeing the movie “Jeff, Who Lives at Home”.  If, however, you are a stickler for these kinds of things, you probably won’t get into it.

I love Jason Segel.  He plays a 30 year old stoner who lives with his mother and does little other than smoking bong hits, watching movies and television, and developing sweet but naive philosophies about life.  He is not happy (if he’s not happy who can be in this film? He has no job, no responsibilities… he’s stoned most of the time… food for thought) though.  Segel looks and acts more like a college aged kid in this film, and he is quite endearing.  He’s so big, and yet so gentle and innocent.  Add to this that he’s a pacifist and you will really fall for him in this role (if you haven’t already).

Susan Sarandon is 65 (in real life years) and looks amazing.  She claims that she has had no plastic surgery other than some lipo under her eyes and chin and I just do not believe it, but I love her anyway.  She finally snagged a role away from Meryl Streep (not that I’m suggesting that Streep was offered this role… I have no idea), and she plays it beautifully.  Did you know that she has a 34-year old boyfriend now that she and Tim Robbins have broken up? You go girl!

The movie is 86 minutes and at times (particularly about three-quarters of the way through) felt like it was 860 minutes.  Once you get over that hump, though, you will be happy you stayed.  The ending is well worth the wait.

Let’s talk about love.

Let’s talk about families.

Let’s talk about sex.

Let’s talk about relationships.

Let’s talk about risks.

Let’s talk about communication.

“Jeff, Who Lives at Home” explores all of these topics with grace.

We give it four somewhat tepid thumbs up.


About mallorylayne

midlife mom seeking meaning for the rest of her life.
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