Buy Me, Rent Me, Forget Me: 'Jeff, Who Lives at Home' Wins the Week

Buy Me, Rent Me, Forget Me: 'Jeff, Who Lives at Home' Wins the Week

Jun 18, 2012

Notable New Releases

Jeff Who Lives at Home (Paramount)
Release Date: Mar 16, 2012
Director: Jay DuplassMark Duplass
Cast: Jason SegelEd HelmsSusan SarandonJudy Greer,Rae Dawn ChongFull cast + crew

Verdict: Rent Me
Available On: Blu-ray, DVD
Special Features: None but a digital copy if you get the Blu-ray.
Additional Thoughts: It always seems kind of dismissive when you hear that a movie is charming, like it's a polite way of saying, "It's kind of okay." But Jeff, Who Lives at Home, really is a charming movie. Jason Segel is great as an easily identifiable slacker trying to make sense of his life and his place in the world. It's not overly sappy or quirky, it's just a nice, charming movie about an exceptional day in the life of an otherwise unexceptional person.

 

The FP (Drafthouse Films)
Release Date: Mar 16, 2012
Director: Brandon Trost
Cast: Nick PrincipeBrandon BarreraJames DeBelloDov TiefenbachSean WhalenFull cast + crew

 

Verdict: Rent Me
Available On: Blu-ray, DVD
Special Features: Over 2 hours of goods, including a Making Of, individual features on the costume design and score (which is one of the best parts of the movie), an audio commentary, a reversible cover that has both the theatrical poster and the Tyler Stout Mondo version, and more
Additional Thoughts: It pains me that I don't like The FP. I dig its wacky, alternate universe where people battle to the death using a Dance Dance Revolution-esque game. I like the people involved behind and in front of the camera. Most of all I love the company actually releasing the film, but this is a movie that just does not click with me. I'm glad it has its fans - and I know plenty who get a huge kick out of its intentionally crude (as in polish, not content, though the latter will hardly please any prudes out there) aspirations, which is why it might still earns a Rent Me, but it just doesn't work for me. The FP is like hearing a joke where you understand why you should laugh, where you can mechanically identify where the laughs are supposed to come from, but for some intangible reason you just don't find it funny.

 

Project X (Warner Bros.)
Release Date: Mar 02, 2012
Director: Nima Nourizadeh
Cast: Thomas MannBrady HenderAlexis KnappMiles TellerPeter MacKenzieFull cast + crew

 

Verdict: Forget Me
Available On: Blu-ray, DVD
Special Features: About a total of 15 minutes of featurettes focusing on the characters, shooting the party, and a damage total of how much it all cost
Additional Thoughts: Project X is an insipid movie that dares you to turn it off the second it introduces the most obnoxious "protagonist" a found footage movie has ever known-- and that's an already dauntingly high bar considering the general awfulness of most of the subjects in found footage movies. There's absolutely nothing of value in this misguided champion of out of control morons and watching it will make you hate the youth of America more and more by the second. And that's the theatrical cut. May the Gods have mercy on your brain cells if you press play on the unrated extended cut.

 

Other New Releases


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Rent Me

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Forget Me

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Rent Me

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Forget Me

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Rent Me

Everything Else


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