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Jeff, Who Lives at Home

MPAA Rating: R for language including sexual references and some drug use.

Reviewed by: Alexander Malsan

Very Offensive
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Comedy Drama
1 hr. 23 min.
Year of Release:
USA Release:
March 16, 2012 (nationwide—250 theaters)
DVD: June 19, 2012
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Relevant Issues
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searching for the meaning of life

wondering what your destiny is

adult son who has never moved out of his mother's home

illegal drug use / stoner

adultery / affairs

acts of heroism

Featuring: Jason SegelJeff
Ed HelmsPat
Susan SarandonSharon
Judy GreerLinda
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Director: Jay Duplass
Mark Duplass
Producer: Indian Paintbrush
Jeff Brothers Productions
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Distributor: Paramount Vantage, Paramount Pictures Corporation

“The first step to finding your destiny is leaving your mother’s basement.”

Jeff (Jason Segel) is just your average guy, who happens to still live with his mother, Susan. When Susan advises Jeff’s brother, Patrick (Ed Helms), that the two of them should spend more time together, the brothers are about to realize that they are going to bond on a whole different level

I rented “Jeff, Who Lives at Home,” because I wanted a comedy. I like to laugh. I sat with my clipboard and my Blu-Ray player, popped in the movie, and, yes I did laugh at some parts of the film. However, the majority of this movie was not that funny. It’s a shame, really. Jason Segel and Ed Helms are some of the funniest actors in Hollywood, and, yes, their performances were good, but somehow I was expecting more. This film was marketed as a comedy, and so I was expecting, well, a comedy. What I got, however, was a story about two brothers who learned to see past their differences and understand the true meaning of brotherhood. Yeah, it makes for a nice story, but it isn’t what I was looking for.

There is just way too much offensive content in this film, some of it very vulgar and inappropriate to recommend to anyone, let alone Christians. However, if you still really want to see this film, here are some things to be aware of…

Profanity: Extreme (this is where most of the offensive content comes into play). After reviewing my clipboard, I noticed that there were thirty-five instances of the f-word, one instance of mother-f***er, three of the word d**n, ten instances of sh*t, two a**, a**-h*le (7), h*ll (1), our Lord’s name is taken in vain once, God’s name is also taken in vain once. Other vulgarity includes the words d**k (2), p*ssy (3), pissed (1), banging (1), someone mentioning a “hand job,” and “getting in your pants”. Some of the vulgar talk is so inappropriate that I cannot for any reason list the rest of it.

Sex/Nudity: Heavy. Jeff mentions, in a conversation with his mother, Susan, that she didn’t “like hearing what he was doing in the basement last time.” Patrick’s wife is seen cheating on Patrick. Patrick’s wife is also heard having a conversation about her sex life between her and Patrick. Someone mentions that it’s time to “get your pipes cleaned.” One of Susan’s coworkers admits to Susan that she is bi-sexual. There is a very inappropriate, passionate kiss between Susan and this coworker.

Other: Jeff smokes some marijuana at the beginning of the film. One kid, Kevin, mentions to Jeff that they should go “smoke some weed.” Patrick, in one scene, is seen drinking at a bar. Jeff mentions to Patrick that “Yoda (from ‘Star Wars’) would be so cool smoking acid.” Throughout the entire film, you can see the negative effects of the marijuana on Jeff, so parents please take caution. Lastly, Jeff is seen vomiting on someone.

Violence: Moderate. There is a scene of wreck-less driving and a car crash. Jeff and his brother Patrick are both seen “beating each other up” in one scene.

Spiritual issues

Throughout the entire film, Jeff questions his destiny and what his purpose is in this world. He keeps looking for signs that will point him towards his destiny. As Christians, we know that it is pointless, trying to search for our destinies. God is in control, and your purpose can only be found in Him.

Do I recommend the film? No! Absolutely not. I strongly urge you to avoid it. Yes, there are some funny moments, apart from the vulgar language and profanity, and, yes, Jason Segel and Ed Helms give some good performances. However, there is so much offensive content in this film that I cannot recommend it, to children, to teens, or even to adults. There are much better things to do with your time, like reading a book, or going to see “Ice Age: Continental Drift.” Please do not see this movie

Violence: Moderate / Vulgarity/Profanity: Extreme / Sex/Nudity: Heavy

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Viewer CommentsSend your comments
Positive—Let’s set the stage here. I consider “Dancing With the Stars” morally offensive, and I know plenty of Christians who watch it. We’ve all watched “Saturday Night Live” or a Lifetime Movie Network movie at some point in our lives. “Jeff Who Lives at Home” is an inspiring story that just might educated Christians that the loser who smokes a bong in his mother’s basement might also be the hero that comes to your rescue. He is also someone searching for something, and we don’t need to write him off as loser.

Also, for those of us who see prophetic “signs” or feel that God is guiding us in our daily lives, this movie shows that there is a higher power guiding everything. In fact, it’s the point of the whole story. It’s not a “Christian” film, and nobody comes to Jesus. It is however, a view of a nowadays “normal” dysfunctional family and how they come to find deeper meanings in their lives.

I have recommended this to Christian friends—their ears don’t burn off when they hear cursing. I was personally most offended by the lesbianism or suggestion of it in this movie—there is woman kissing a woman—but the actual dialog between the women suggests they may also be so lonely in their aging years that they are looking for a deep friendship—not a sexual tryst. That’s for you to interpret, but that is the way I took it.

The last 10 minutes of this film are one of the best movie endings of all time. Especially if you listen carefully as Jeff watches the TV news at the end. I would NOT recommend it for children or teens, certainly, but, as adults, I think we can all go sit with the moneychangers and tax collectors and come out unscathed. We might even learn something about humanity. I loved the movie and shed some tears at the end.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Susan, age 48 (USA)
Positive—…The movie was excellent, and not meant to be a comedy, but a slightly silly drama.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Nic, age 19 (USA)

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