'Jeff, Who Lives at Home' (2012) review: Well written, great cast and superbly directed

Jeff, Who Lives at Home

Let me start off by saying I’m about to do something I haven’t done in a very long time: I’m going to review films!

I know I know, it’s a crazy thought, but its long overdue and I’ll be honest I’ve ran out of excuses as to why I shouldn’t.

So, without any further rambling on lets get on with it. I'll be reviewing Jeff, Who Lives at Home. This film about a slacker named Jeff, who discovers his destiny whilst his brother chases his adulterous wife.

I’ll start off by saying I had only watched the trailer once a while ago, and I hadn’t really known much about it, apart from it starred Ed Helms and Jason Segel, both of whom I am I fan of.

This indie film is quirky and funny and it's very well written. The story has a distinctive feel about it and moves at a great pace.

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Jay and Mark Duplass do a great job in creating something new and original from a story that can be told in many different ways.

As well as the writing, the directing is lovely, nothing groundbreaking, mind you, this is no Inception or Kill Bill, but it doesn’t need to be. It works well, and against most indies it holds its own. You can feel for the characters, whether it’s the writing, acting or directing, you can feel yourself being connected to them, which is great as most indie films find it difficult for us, the audience, to connect to the characters.

Ed Helms, Jason Segel have great chemistry on screen and do a great job playing brothers. To me, this was genius casting as it pays off on screen. Susan Sarandon’s character has a lovely side story to watch and has a sweet twist.

Overall, this is a film that most people will miss at the cinema for various reasons, but if you do decide to watch it or buy it on DVD or even download it, I would really recommend it. As indie films go this is a hit. Very well written, greatly casted and superbly directed, a definite watch for fans of some adventure.



A little about me: I'm currently studying Film Production Technology at Birmingham City University, going into my second year. As well as that I'm working on a few Film projects at the moment and hop