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Film: Jeff Who Lives At Home
"Everyone and Everything is interconnected in the universe. Stay pure of heart and you will see the signs. Follow the signs and you will find your destiny."
—Jeff

Jeff, Who Lives at Home is an American indie comedy-drama film starring Jason Segel and Ed Helms about the most life changing day in the lives of two brothers and those close to them.

Jeff Thompkins is a serious slacker, still living with his mother, who is constantly belittled by his older brother, Pat, for not doing anything with his life. Pat, on the other hand, has made a somewhat successful career in business; though due to his short temper and low emotional-range, is on the verge of a divorce with his wife. Their mother meanwhile, is coming to a mid-life crisis and woes over the fact that she hasn't known romance in so long, though she seems to find excitement in her office from the most unexpected of places.

The film begins as Jeff gets a call from his mother to get glue to fix a broken shutter. Jeff, who believes his life works in signs from the universe, leaves the house to get the glue, but is distracted by a similar pattern of names. On his way, he meets up with his brother who then pursuit Pat's wife together, who seems to be involved in an affair.

Due to its overall mood, the film would normally be considered a drama, but is made lighthearted sheerly by the "two comedy guys", Pat and Jeff.

Tropes related to this work:

  • Adult Fear: The two little girls in the end remark that they don't what they would do if their father hadn't been saved.
  • The Alleged Car: Pat's formerly nice Porsche, which gets run into a tree after trying to prove a point that his "signs" don't exist. He then parks illegally to spy on his wife and then tacks on a ticket from earlier to cover up the fact, and gets towed anyway.
  • Angry Black Man: Jeff eventually gets punched out by a guy he's stalking whose name is Kevin, due to a wrong number call to him earlier in the film.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Jeff's "signs" seems like a load of crap from the beginning, but he turns out to save a drowning man, a father of two, in the end by chasing an overhead helicopter across a traffic jam.
    • Knew It All Along: The man's name is Kevin, which alludes to the "sign" from the beginning of the movie.
  • The Comically Serious: Pat's funny aspect come mainly when he runs into his brother, and when he finds himself in a "business meeting" at Hooters.
  • Dysfunction Junction: Pat and Linda's marriage is failing, Jeff's life is going nowhere, and their mother has gotten fed up being stuck in the rut of office life.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Pat. It's a big factor in his divorce, and also led him into crashing into a tree from his brother pestering him about his "signs".
  • Homage: Jeff lives his life according to a movie he saw; Signs by Mel Gibson.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: Sharon's secret admirer turns out to be her girlfriend from the office.
  • Actual Pacifist: Jeff refused to fight back after he was punched out by Kevin's friend. This leads him to be ridiculed by his brother:
    Jeff: I told you I don't believe in fighting.
    Pat: Oh yeah, because your a pussy.
    Jeff: Was Gandhi a pussy?
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The short-tempered older brother, Pat, is the red while his laid-back slacker brother, Jeff, is the blue.
  • Sexless Marriage: Linda's to-be-lover asks how long it's been since she's has sex in her marriage. She cannot remember and he tells her "It's not just about having sex, it's about making love".
  • The Slacker: Jeff, who of course still lives at home with mother.
  • The Stoner: Jeff is a habitual pot smoker and offers a blunt to Kevin after their impromptu basketball session.

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