Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2011)

Director: Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass

Writer: Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass (Screenplay)

Starring: Jason Segel, Ed Helms, Susan Sarandon, Judy Greer, Rae Dawn Chong, Steve Zissis

 

Plot: Dispatched from his basement room on an errand for his widowed mother, slacker Jeff might discover his destiny (finally) when he spends the day with his unhappily married brother as he tracks his possibly adulterous wife.


Tagline –  The first step to finding your destiny is leaving your mother’s basement.

Runtime: 1 Hour 23 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Nice Family Based Drama

 

Story: Jeff, Who Lives at Home starts as we meet Jeff (Segel) a stoner that lives in his mother Sharon (Sarandon) basement, he is always looking for his destiny and a mysterious call from a stranger looking for a Kevin leads him to go out of his way to find the truth. When going out on to do a household chore he finds himself joining his older brother Pat (Helms) as they go on the chase to figure out if Pat’s wife Linda (Greer) is cheating on him.

 

Thoughts on Jeff, Who Lives at Home

 

Characters – Jeff is a slacker that is desperate to find a purpose in his life believing he will be given signs in life to find this goal, he doesn’t have a job and today he goes on an adventure in hope of finding his place in the world. Pat is the older brother to Pat, he has recently impulse bought a Porsche which has only continued his strain of his marriage which leads him to share his honest truth with Jeff while trying to figure out if his wife is cheating on him. Sharon is their mother of the boys who is a widow still working a day job, today she gets secret message which adds some spice to her birthday.

PerformancesJason Segel in the leading role works because he does have a good understanding of withdrawn character his playing. Ed Helms does give us a good performance in his role where he does play louder of the two brothers. Susan Sarandon does a good job with her role even if her story does feel distant from the rest of the film.

StoryThe story follows one day in the lives of the three family members, Jeff finding his place Pat facing the truth and Sharon getting an unexpected surprise in her life. The story shows how things can come together for the series of events to bring a family closer and how they need to support each other through struggles, the sprinkling of comedy helps us along the way too. This does focus on needing to express feelings for the people that are important in your life however much you feel like it is a weakness in their eyes.

ComedyThe comedy in this film helps takes moments of seriousness out of the story, which does give it elements of realness in the film.

SettingsThe film gives us an everyday city for the film to take place in, showing how these people do have to operate in an everyday situation.


Scene of the Movie –
The lunch.

That Moment That Annoyed Me While it shows her day, Sharon’s storyline doesn’t feel as connected to Jeff’s.

Final ThoughtsThis is a wonderful drama that shows the difficult decisions people will be making on an everyday basis, being it following a believed destiny, fixing a marriage or taking a chance.

 

Overall: Wonderful drama

Rating

 

 

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Commando (1985)

logoDirector: Mark L Lester

Writer: Steven E De Souza (Screenplay) Jeph Loeb, Matthew Weisman, Steven E De Souza (Story)

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rae Dawn Chong, Dan Hedaya, Vernon Wells, James Olson, David Patrick Kelly, Alyssa Milano, Bill Duke

 

Plot: A retired special agent named John Matrix led an elite unit and has left the armed forces to live in a secluded mountain home with his daughter Jenny. But now he is forced out of retirement when his daughter is kidnapped by a band of thugs intent on revenge! Unbeknownst to Matrix, the members of his former unit are being killed one by one. Even though Matrix’ friend General Franklin Kirby gives Matrix armed guards, attackers manage to kidnap Matrix and Jenny. Matrix learns that Bennett, a former member of his Matrix’ unit who was presumed dead has kidnapped him to try to force Matrix to do a political assassination for a man called Arius (who calls himself El Presidente), a warlord formerly bested by Matrix who wishes to lead a military coup in his home country. Since Arius will have Jenny killed if Matrix refuses, Matrix reluctantly accepts the demand.

 

Verdict: 80s Classic Action

 

Story: One man killing machine needs to hunt down everyone to save his daughter, simple story to follow. There isn’t much more to look at here it does what it says on the tin. Sit back and enjoy Arnold Schwarzenegger does best kick arse and spit out a few one liner. You don’t need to think at all you will learn to like this no nonsense hero. (7/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Arnold Schwarzenegger: John Matrix the ex-commando who is forced into killing a man by people including an old friend who have kidnapped his daughter. John most fight through everyone involved before his time runs out and save his daughter. Good performance from Arnold doing what he does best. (8/10)

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Rae Dawn Chong: Cindy who gets caught up in the middle of John’s mission and joins his quest to save his daughter. Good performance offering a good partner in crime for Arnold. (7/10)

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Dan Hedaya: Arius the man behind the kidnapping who forces John to kill a man. Good villain performance. (7/10)

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Vernon Wells: Bennett the ex-partner of John who was kicked out of the unit but he gets a chance to get revenge on John by being part of Arius plan. Good supporting villain with much more personally touch. (7/10)

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Director Review: Mark L Lester – Good direction to create a simple no nonsense action film. (7/10)

 

Action: All action typical 80s stuff. (10/10)

Thriller: Good thrilling side to the story wanting to see how long it takes him to save his daughter. (8/10)

Settings: Basic setting used to help build the body count. (6/10)

Suggestion: This is one for all the action fans out there, it is the perfect relaxaction film. (Action Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: The cliff scene

Worst Part: Not a very deep story.

Action Scene Of The Film: Final Battle

Funniest Scene: Cliff Scene

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $57 Million

Budget: $10 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

Tagline: Somewhere… somehow… someone’s going to pay

Trivia: There are 54 stunt performers listed in the credits ; 17 more people than the actual cast.

 

Overall: 80s Action Fun

Rating 70