Watched Jeff, Who Lives At Home on a whim. Truth be told it was a one time movie, and it was strange. Very strange.
Jeff (Jason Segel) is a 30 year old, unemployed and living in his mother’s house. He has a strange obsession with the movie Signs, saying that the seemingly random events are all just signs that eventually will lead to the conclusion of the film, a final perfect moment. Thus, he lives his life with this same mentality, always looking for the signs. His brother Pat (Ed Helms) is successful at his work, but his marriage is struggling. Their mother, Sharon, (Susan Sarandon) is a widow who is upset with her children and is disappointed with her current state of existence; she has dreams which she has not yet achieved in life.
Essentially, it’s a giant mess in this family. Jeff, trying to find meaning in everything, follows one potential sign to the next, and all of these signs are just simple meaningless events in every day life. However, Jeff’s “carefree” nature helps Pat find his way in life. Meanwhile Sharon finds an unexpected “secret admirer” and embraces this spontaneous twist in her life (which, needless to say, was a very strange and unexpected, but sweet, twist for the audience as well). So it’s a happy ending that leaves viewers with a very loud sentiment of “that was strange, but nice…I guess?” To give it justice, it was a very sweet and warm ending, especially for Jeff, but it didn’t leave me with the same feel-good emotion that Say Anything… left me with.
One artistic point that stood out for me was the way the movie was filmed. A friend, with whom I was watching the movie, commented saying that the movie looks low budget because of the way it was filmed. And this was very true. But there is one aspect of low budget filming that makes me excited every time: the way the zooms are incorporated into the story line. Some of the best zooming action happened with Sharon. This kind of zooming just feels a bit comedically dramatic. But I love it anyway.
Oh, and the Kevin reference in the title. I could explain it, but I think watching the movie would give it a lot more justice.