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Jeff, Who Lives at Home (15)

Jeff, Who Lives at Home (15)


Dispatched from his basement room on an errand for his mother, slacker Jeff might discover his destiny (finally) when he spends the day with his brother as he tracks his possibly adulterous wife.

The critical consensus

The result is a film that shares the main qualities of its hero: it’s hard to dislike, but it doesn’t get much done.

***(*)(*)Hannah McGill, The List, 18/04/2012

Big on artistic ambition, and microscopic in point, at least it offers an alternative to Hollywood’s mainstream overworked, and overfamiliar fictions.

***(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 07/05/2012

There’s undoubtedly comedy mileage in an irreverent sending up of the Signs/Magnolia school of everything-is-connected philosophy. Despite the calibre of the cast, the Duplass brothers mostly fail to find it.

***(*)(*)David Hughes, Empire Online, 07/05/2012

Directors Jay and Mark Duplass (Cyrus, Baghead) bring the same loosey-goosey style of their previous films to this gentle comedy that's pebbled with grace notes and compassion.

***(*)(*)Jamie Dunn, The Skinny, 08/05/2012

Nothing much happens until a preposterously contrived and melodramatic climax.

**(*)(*)(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 09/05/2012

Even though the outcome is predictable, the Duplass duo deliver a few zingers in the way of dialogue and with a cast like this no film could go far wrong.

***(*)(*)Alison Rowat, The Herald, 10/05/2012

It’s whimsical stuff, but likeable and, if not exactly profound, finds value in the sometimes dumb plots of Hollywood movies.

***(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 10/05/2012

It's all part of his entertaining ramble to an unexpected destination.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 10/05/2012

Odd, sweet and languid, but little to get your teeth into.

***(*)(*)Ashley Clark, Little White Lies, 10/05/2012

With all this comic gas in the tank, it's puzzling that the film isn't completely wonderful. It may be to do with its somewhat disjointed nature.

****(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 11/05/2012

The mumbled dialogue and featherweight plot mean you’ll need to be either in a very forgiving mood or very, very high to appreciate it.

**(*)(*)(*)David Edwards, Daily Record, 11/05/2012

Cool cast, hip directors, but a movie that’s less than the sum of both. Like its title character, Jeff is gentle, warm but a little forgettable.

***(*)(*)James Mottram, Total Film, 10/05/2012

The film has a dark symmetry and dangerous moments that prove to be as funny as its sunnier ones.

Philip French, The Observer, 13/05/2012

Considering that its leading men have starred in such big, raucous comedies as The Hangover and Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Jeff ... is an appealingly low-key and laidback charmer that focuses on the everyday dissatisfactions of ordinary people.

Nicholas Barber, The Independent, 13/05/2012

Features about Jeff, Who Lives at Home (15)

Jay and Mark Duplass: 'Out movies can't lose money'

John Patterson, The Guardian, 03/05/2012

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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