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The Buzz:

 

     Jeff, per the title, lives at home. With his mom. At the age of 30. He's a pothead. He has a somewhat successful brother who is a bit of a dick. His father died when he was younger and ever since he's been preoccupied with trying to listen for what, exactly, the Universe is trying to tell him. Everyone in Jeff's family is broken, including himself, and no one gets him. But by the end of the day it may just be Jeff's idiosyncracy that saves them all.  

 

Life of the Party:

 

     With an all star cast like Jason Segel, Ed Helms, Susan Sarandon, and Judy Greer it is no surprise that every character is well delivered. Honestly the movie is just technically delivered on all accounts fantastically. It's really at the point it's not worth talking about beyond that. This is a well made film, let's move on from there.

 

     Really what makes this film enjoyable to watch is the dynamic of the characters themselves. Jason Segel play Jeff who you start off thinking is a dead beat who never bothers to go out and take change of his life. And you're not entirely wrong, but there is depth to the character that is slowly revealed. He chases random occurrences as signs as to what to do in life. That means he never has to take responsibility for his actions, which is bad… but it also gives him a freedom to appreciate the simplicity and beauty of life wherever he finds it - which is a blessing! His brother, Pat (Ed Helms), is just a superficial asshole. At least that's what you get at first, but again there is depth here that we discover. He's an ass, but he's become that way because he's chased after the dream we're all told we're all supposed to have. Wife, home, nice car, well paying job… he has all that, but it's all bullshit and he doesn't appreciates any of it. Finally there is his mother, Sharon played by Susan Sarandon, on her birthday who has has realized that her sons are miserable and so is she. She's older and single and as she looks back on her life she feels as though she missed so many opportunities she always wanted. 

 

     I know, I know… you're like, "Fuck this sounds depressing as all Hell!!", but it's not really. It's not jovial, but I feel like there's a character here that everyone relates to on some level and that makes it really powerful. And by the end of the film you've gone on this journey where you, along with the characters, have learned a few things. If you like pictures that can make you think with a bit of quirk and light humor and you end up feeling like maybe you have a more complete view of the world I definitely recommend giving this a watch.

 

 

"I've never used a two person toilet before..."

 

Potential Hangovers:

 

     This film is billeted as an "independent comedy", but I think that's a bit of a stretch. It has a few chuckles, but it's not entirely comedic. It's more of a light hearted drama? I really enjoyed the picture, but I was always waiting for Jason Segel or Ed Helms to really make me laugh like I know they can. It just didn't come. That's ok in retrospect, but I feel like "independent comedy" sets an unfair expectation of what you're going to watch. The only other slight complaint is… what was the point? The character growth is great, but there is no real resolution. And character growth is a weird plot. The rise in the third act is abrupt and the denouement is nonexistent. It makes for an ending that just leaves with "Huh… that's nice, but… what now?". 

 

 

"Zaaaaaannnnggg..."

 

The Vibe: Solo Experience, Date Night

 

     This is a movie that wants you to pay attention and wants you to really think and have some introspection. For that I don't think it's a good idea to watch with a lot of rowdy friends who are going to distract you. I also think this is a great movie to watch with a significant other. I don't like to imply that only serious movies or emotional movies are great for dates, because that's just not true. Sometimes you want to laugh together. Sometimes you want to be scared together. But this movie, I think, will perhaps make you want to talk to each other. And that's a really good thing. It's a philosophical picture that makes you question where you are and where you're going and I think that can be a very healthy conversation for a couple to have. And anytime you can have smart engagement with your significant other, you win!

 

     Finally, though this is against my normal rule… I'm not going to suggest a drinking game. I feel like it would defeat the purpose of this picture. I think there's very few movies that holds true for, but I legitimately think this is one of them. I'm not saying don't drink while watching it… I just think that if you're focusing on whether or not you should be drinking you are not thinking about how you relate to this characters. 

 

Plus/Minus:

 

+ Technically well made film

+ Great acting

+ Insightful and touching

- Not really much of a comedy

 

Drinking Games:

 

- None, settle down with your favorite beer, liquor, or glass of wine though. Something that you get really in to to help you also get in to this picture.

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