Jeff, Who Lives at Home [movie review]
Jeff, Who Lives at Home is set up like a comedy, but it’s not especially funny. The movie heavily relies on the likability of performers Jason Segel and Susan Sarandon and their skills, but this isn’t to say that it’s a bad movie, even if it feels a little underdeveloped.
The movie is charming in some ways and disappointing in others – I’d call it a mixed bag.
Here are a few things I don’t understand:
The movie suggests that Susan Sarandon has to settle for a relationship with a woman rather than a man despite the fact that neither of the women are gay. The woman in questions says, “I want to be with someone who gets me. I think I deserve that.” I tend to agree with that sentiment, but the movie seems to be dangerously close to posing the premise that being gay is a choice and older women should consider it, because it’s probably homosexuality or nothing at that point in their lives. It’s also ridiculous in the reality of the movie because 1. Susan Sarandon’s character is sweet, kind and reasonable and could surely score a date with a man and 2. Susan Sarandon is still gorgeous at age 66 and could have anyone she wanted (within reason), man or women. It’s hard to believe she’s just decided to be gay during a few minutes of an unusual afternoon – particularly since I’m pretty sure people don’t decide to be gay in the first place.
Jeff says something to the effect of, “…you’re waiting for your destiny to be revealed and when you find out what it is, it’s not that exciting.” Then he saves some people from drowning after their car fell off a bridge (although the time from when the traffic starts and when Jeff jumps into the water… kinda… kinda seems like they should all be dead by the time he gets to them) and in the last scene, his hair is combed neatly and he’s wearing a shirt with buttons on it and he finally completes the chore his mother asked him to do at the beginning of the movie. So he’s changed… why exactly? Did he become a first responder or something? How did saving those people’s lives make him get his shiz together, exactly? I didn’t get that.
Anyway, those are just two of the bigger points I didn’t really understand and/or agree with.
It’s a good flick, but certainly not great – and it’s available on Netflix Instant. I give Jeff, Who Lives at Home a 7 out of 10.