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DVD: 'Jeff, Who Lives at Home' spends a day in family's offbeat life

June 22nd, 2012 No comments

The writer-director team of Jay and Mark Duplass carve out another offbeat, intimate family story, this one focusing on Jeff (Jason Segel), a full-grown man living in his mother’s (Susan Sarandon) basement while waiting for signs as to what he should do with his life.

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DVD: 'Jeff, Who Lives at Home' spends a day in family's offbeat life

The Five-Year Engagement, Review by Alyn Darnay

April 26th, 2012 No comments

A Very

Funny

Romantic

Comedy

Review by Alyn Darnay

  • Directed by: Nicholas Stoller
  • Written by: Jason Segel & Nicholas Stoller
  • Cast: Emily Blunt, Jason Segel, Chris Pratt, Alison Brie

 

If I ever wanted the brother I never had, I would want him to be Jason Segel. I just love watching this guy, his “everyman” persona, constantly being trampled to death by an unyielding world. For me it started with “Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)”, then I cemented my “fan-ship” with the Bro-mance “I Love You Man (2009)”, even enjoyed him in “Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2011)”, and “The Muppets (2011)”. I think this guy is the genuine article, a true talent who can write, produce, and act, while making relevant and humorous observations on foibles of modern life.

Reteaming with “Sarah Marshall” director Nicholas Stoller under the tremendously successful Judd Apatow banner, we find Jason again suffering the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune as he tries to find his way through the maze of marital engagement and all it encompasses.

Here’s a simple overview of the story: One year after Tom Solomon (Segel) meets Violet Barnes (Blunt), he plans to surprise her with a ring and get married. Their plan goes off the track when another wedding ultimately overshadows their engagement, so they postpone their own. Then Violet is offered a two-year position at the University of Michigan so Tom, benevolent lover that he is, passes up a career making opportunity to become head chef at a trendy San Francisco modernist bistro, to follow her to the snow and cold where they can figure out their life and plan the perfect wedding. From this point on any Plan they decide on goes wildly off track, as does Tom’s total existence. To watch his disintegration is the joy of a Jason Segel performance, rife with pathos and laughter, made all the more wonderful by the terrific chemistry Emily Blint brings to her role as his paramour.

Jason Segel and Emily Blunt

The supporting cast is made up of a strange brew of screwball characters who add loads of comic situations that will get and keep you laughing every time you think the pace or problem presented is becoming too much or lasting too long for you to handle. It’s an enjoyable trip following this journey, and I’m glad I took it.

You should enjoy the film a lot, its sensibilities are more adult in its presentation than most and you’ll feel every joy and agony right along with Violet and Tom. More to the point, it’s a darn good date film.

The Five-Year EngagementRating: 4 Stars (out of 5)

TRT: 124 minutes

R (for sexual content, and language throughout)

On Movies: For the Duplasses, 'Jeff' is another 'plus-one'

March 18th, 2012 No comments

In Jeff, Who Lives at Home, the latest low-key number from filmmaking siblings Jay and Mark Duplass, Jason Segel plays a neo-philosopher type who wanders around his mother’s house in a state of perpetual oscillation – stoned and sedentary.

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Jeff, Who Lives at Home, Film Review by John Delia

March 16th, 2012 No comments

A WACKY

FILM

WITH

SURPRISES

JEFF, WHO LIVES AT HOME

 

This fun film comes out of left field changing wacky into wow.  The movie is called Jeff, Who Lives at Home and stars Jason Segel in a role not too unfamiliar for him.  The cool thing about Jeff, Who Lives at Home comes with the unexpected following Jeff’s usual unpredictable day. Read more…

I LOVE YOU, MAN – DVD

August 26th, 2009 No comments

“COMEDY ON STEROIDS”

dvd-i-love-you-manDVD REVIEW

Starring: Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg, Jane Curtin, John Favreau, Sarah Burns, Lou Ferrigno and Jamie Pressly

Directed by: John Hamburg

Rated R for pervasive language, including crude and sexual references

By John Delia

Funny happens in I Love You, Man, an mature adult film that provides a lot of laughs.  Now on DVD, the fun keeps going with some very good bonus

Segel and Rudd

Segel and Rudd

features.   The movie has a lot going for it including an unusual storyline filled with some great gags, pratfalls and scenes of total nonsense.  If you like Paul Rudd and Jason Segel from Forgetting Sarah Marshall, this is your kind of film.

Peter Klaven (Rudd) is a successful real estate agent who, upon getting engaged to the woman of his dreams, Zooey (Jones), discovers, to his dismay and chagrin, that he has no male friend close enough to serve as his Best Man. Peter immediately sets out to rectify the situation, embarking on a series of bizarre and awkward man-dates, before meeting Sydney Fife (Segel), a charming, opinionated man with whom he instantly bonds. But the closer the two men

Jones and Rudd

Jones and Rudd

get, the more Peter’s relationship with Zooey suffers, ultimately forcing him to choose between his fiancee and his new found man-friend in a story that comically explores what friendship truly means.

The film is totally off the wall with situations that made me howl with laughter.  I especially like the poker game where Peter, who is not a card player, tries to make friends with the group of misfits only to turn an opportunity into a catastrophe.  Peter gets in all kinds of unpredictable situations, including some man-dates that go embarrassingly wrong, a trip to the gym with his gay brother and a hilarious engagement dinner with his friends and parents.

I Love You Man has some very funny and informative bonus features.  I like d the Gag Reel, and the Making of I Love You, Man.  You will also get a chance to check out the deleted scenes and some extended scenes.  For more laughs turn on the commentary by Director Hamburg, Rudd and Segel.

The film is rated R for pervasive language, including crude and sexual references so send the kids to bed before chucking this film into your DVD.

FINAL ANALYSIS:  A great film for situation comedy lovers. (4.5 of 5 Palm Trees)

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