“Everyone and everything is interconnected in this universe. Stay pure of heart and you will see the signs. Follow the signs, and you will uncover your destiny.”
Jeff, Who Lives at Home is a movie that means a lot to me. It was my first Duplass brothers movie. That may not mean much to the average movie viewer but to me it sparked something inside of me. It was the first movie I saw by my favorite writers/directors/producers in the industry, so I will always keep this film close to my heart, as do the creators.
“Do you ever wonder what your destiny is, and then when you find out it’s nothing very exciting?”
This movie is about growth and moving towards being a better self. JWLAH starts off with 30 year old Jeff (Jason Segel) currently living in his mother’s basement, watching daytime television, eating cereal and smoking too much weed. He tries to find a spiritual meaning in life and believes that there is always something more to life than what is just presented. Yes, Jeff may not have a job, house or significant other, but he does have hope. He sees the world in a way that I have tried to see mine. Just because life has gotten Jeff beat down, does not mean he has to be unhappy. He grows to be more motivational and a better citizen in society towards the end of the movie.
Next we have Jeff’s mother Sharon, who is a widow and working in a cubicle. She is celebrating a birthday today and just wants someone to notice and appreciate her. She does not get that from Jeff who is too busy trying to find a special meaning in an infomercial to do a simple task Sharon gives him. Susan Sarandon plays this role perfectly as she modestly responds to an anonymous message from a secret admirer. Throughout the day she tries to find who this is, but it turns out to be her friend from work, Carol. Carol is not a lesbian, but believes she deserves to be loved and appreciated no matter their gender or sexuality. Sharon let’s go off the social stigma and finally allows herself to be loved.
Finally we have Pat (Ed Helms) who is a self-centered business man who is unhappily married. He makes huge financial decisions without consulting his wife (Judy Greer) and continues to ignore her when she talks. Pat is not a d*ck in the sense that he comes off like a frat bro, but more like he doesn’t see anyone but himself. He does not care about his brother and their relationship is not the best, as he does not understand Jeff’s thoughts on life and the world surrounding him. When he finds out his wife is attempting to have an affair on him, he decides that he “wants to be in love again”. In a truly moving scene where Pat and Jeff are sitting in a hotel bathtub talking about life he has clarity on the relationships around him and understands that he must change and grow to be a more compatible person between himself, his wife, Jeff, Sharon and his co workers.
This movie is all about growing into a better person and turning yourself into someone you would be proud to be. Mark and Jay duplass helped me try and be someone more accessible and open to the world. No one should be unhappy because happiness can always be found through the people you surround yourself with.
Jeff, Who Lives at Home 9.7/10