Jeff, Who Lives at Home Directed by: Mark Duplass & Jay Duplass Written by: Mark Duplass & Jay Duplass (screenplay) Starring: Jason Segel, Ed Helms, Susan Sarandon and Judy Greer
Home is not a place. It is a state of mind; that feeling of comfort, security and belonging. For many, clinging to an idea of home is one of the driving forces of their day-to-day lives. In Jeff, Who Lives at Home, the Duplass Brothers examine this notion with a light touch and a heavy injection of fate.
If home occupies the film’s title, destiny is its true focus. The three main characters- brothers Jeff (Jason Segel) and Pat (Ed Helms) and their mother Sharon (Susan Sarandon)- are all clumsily shoved into each other with narrative push. This would be completely amateurish if it weren’t for the focus on fate at the movie’s core. The movie takes Jeff’s point of view even when he’s not there, pushing his bizarre world view into a reality that isn’t quite made for it.
Cyrus Directed by: Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass Written by: Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass Starring: John C. Reilly, Jonah Hill, Marisa Tomei, Catherine Keener
Cyrus (Jonah Hill), thankfully a character having nothing to do with the more famous Disney celebrity franchise, is not a typical character. His single parent mother (Marisa Tomei) loves him dearly, rocking him to sleep during his panic attacks, sharing her bathroom with him while he brushes his teeth, playing with him in the park, leaving her door open to him at night and even kissing and cuddling him to shower him with love. The only difference is Cyrus is 21 going on 12.
Naturally, should be unnaturally, Cyrus acts out when a new man (John C. Reilly) enters his mom’s life. Meeting at a party his ex-wife (Catherine Keener) forced him to go to, Molly’s eye was caught on John’s penis and of course his big, open heart. Continue reading →