THE FIRST STEP TO FINDING YOUR DESTINY IS LEAVING YOUR MOTHER’S BASEMENT.
30-year-old Jeff (Jason Segel) has no job or girlfriend and lives in his mom’s (Susan Sarandon) basement in Baton Rouge, Louisiana… but his mother and brother (Ed Helms) have problems of their own. The Duplass brothers went a little more mainstream with this comedy after the experimental Puffy Chair (2005). Its portrayal of a family whose lives aren’t going anywhere is warm, amusing and thoughtful – a study of dreams, desire and bad habits, with a sprinkling of serendipity. Cute and engaging, with terrific performances, but perhaps a little too slight.
2012-U.S. 83 min. Color. Written and directed by Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass. Cast: Jason Segel (Jeff), Ed Helms (Pat), Judy Greer (Linda), Susan Sarandon (Sharon), Rae Dawn Chong, Steve Zissis.