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  • 60

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    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Surprisingly, though, most of the material avoids the treacle zone, while Jason Segel, as the man-child in residence, gives a performance that I can only describe as gravely affecting.

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  • 70

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    The Hollywood Reporter

    A short and sweet outing pairing the Duplass brothers with mismatched screen siblings Jason Segel and Ed Helms, Jeff Who Lives at Home pulls back from the comedy of Cyrus in favor of character-defining vignettes and moments of grace.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    With his large bod, soft features, and air of goofy sweetness, Jason Segel is a natural fit for Jeff, Who Lives at Home, a goofy, sweet comedy.

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  • 75

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    USA Today Scott Bowles

    Sarandon is worth leaving home for, even if Jeff won't.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 16 & under

Dramedy mixes adult material with worthwhile messages.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Jeff, Who Lives at Home is a low-key dramedy with some vulgar content but also some worthwhile messages. The main character (played by The Muppets' Jason Segel) smokes pot, and his brother drinks beer and whisky. Characters shout at one another fairly often and use strong language, including "f--k" and "s--t." There's a fair bit of sex talk and sexual innuendo, and two women share a tender first kiss. On the messages front, the main character believes that everything is connected in some way, and the movie's plot revolves around this belief -- ultimately, all of the characters learn to be happier after embracing that viewpoint. Teens and up may find this movie rewarding as well as funny.

  • Families can talk about whether Jeff is a role model. Do the circumstances of his life make him a lesser person? How do his beliefs help the others around him?
  • Do Jeff's beliefs make sense? Is everything connected? What does it mean when the characters say, "the greatest day in the history of the world is today"?
  • One character buys an expensive sports car as a way to revitalize his life. Does this work for him? Why or why not?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The movie suggests that if you have an open mind, you can see connections between all things in the world, as well as "signs" that lead from one to the other. Of course, it's important to have responsibility as well, but without a connection to other people, life is empty. Also: "the greatest day in the history of the world is today."

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: Jeff isn't a superb role model, but he's not bad, either. He doesn't have a job, he smokes pot, and he lives in his mother's basement, but he's also a good, sweet person. He has a spirituality about him that allows him to experience and understand life in a more meaningful way -- a quality that helps him help others.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Characters shout at one another fairly frequently. Viewers see the results of a car accident on a bridge, and several characters nearly drown (though no one does).

  • sex false3

    Sex: Plenty of sex talk, and some innuendo. Married characters speak frankly about their sex life; they also kiss. Two female characters share a tender first kiss.

  • language false4

    Language: Strong language includes frequent use of "f--k" and "s--t," as well as sporadic uses of "p---y," "a--hole," "ass," "damn," "goddamn," "hell," "crap," "oh my God" (as an exclamation), and "d--k."

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: One main character buys a Porsche and dines at a Hooters restaurant. Several brands/logos are visible in the corners of the frame, including Budweiser, Red Bull, and M&Ms. "Bud" and "Coke" are both mentioned by name once. The main character eats Pop Tarts twice, but they're out of the package.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false4

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: The main character smokes pot twice. His brother drinks too many beers at a restaurant and then later drinks a "Jack and Coke."