Going into Jeff, Who Lives at Home, you'd think it was a comedy. That's understandable, given stars Jason Segel and Ed Helms. However, this isn't another Hangover or a buddy comedy.
Jeff, Who Lives at Home is the story of two brothers, Jeff (Segel) and Pat (Helms). Pat has a boring job, a mid-life crisis and a really crappy marriage to Linda (Judy Greer). Jeff is the title character, who lives with his mom and is completely obsessed with the name Kevin and the movie Signs -- yeah, the M. Night Shyamalan movie with Mel Gibson. The film also features a side plot about mom (Susan Sarandon), a widow that works spends most of her work day trying to figure out the identity of her secret admirer.
For such a short movie, Jeff packs in a lot of drama, but also has a lighter side, especially when it comes to the two brothers. Because it's not the type of raucous comedy Segel and Helms are known for, this film sort of flew under the radar. That said, it's a very sweet, satisfying way to spend 83 minutes.
This DTS-HD Master Audio track injects a few jumps into an otherwise mellow listening experience. For the most part, this film is all about the dialogue. That sounds nice and clear throughout the entire film, and the soundtrack makes itself known in the front channels. It's nothing memorable, but works for this film.
With such a talented cast, it's disappointing that there's no commentary, no featurettes and no blooper reel. The release doesn't even include the film's theatrical trailer. Paramount has attached an UltraViolet Digital Copy of the movie and nothing more.
Don't expect an Apatow-fest on this one. Jeff, Who Lives at Home is a dramedy that may have you shedding a few tears by the end. If not, you should definitely have some newfound respect for Jason Segel and Ed Helms, who both get to delve into a little drama, with sweet results.
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