Jason Segel (left) does a fine job as the title character in uneven Jeff, Who Lives At Home.
JEFF, WHO LIVES AT HOME (Paramount, 2011) D: Jay and Mark Duplass, w/ Jason Segel, Ed Helms. Rating: NNN; Blu-ray package: none Rating: NNN
If someone had reversed one particular moment in the climax, Jeff, Who Lives At Home might have been a more memorable movie. It could have brought home a few sharp insights on destiny and spirituality, two of the film's central concerns, and we'd definitely have been spared some ickworthy hugging and bonding.
Until that moment, JWLAH is a likeable character comedy that yokes the titular 30-year-old, an unemployed cellar-dwelling stoner (Jason Segel) perpetually preoccupied with signs pointing to his destiny, to his always scornful straight-citizen brother, Pat (Ed Helms). One chaotic day, Pat tries to catch his wife cheating while Jeff keeps getting distracted by the name Kevin.
Neither brother is who he seems to be. Segel does a fine job of merging a space case and a mature, thoughtful guy, while Helms yo-yos between empty self-assurance and childlike helplessness. Together, they're fascinating. Susan Sarandon adds to the proceedings as their mother, who detests them both.
I doubt that extras would have added much to what's apparent in the movie.
EXTRAS English, French, Spanish, Portuguese audio and subtitles.