Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Jeff Who Lives At Home’

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(L-R) Jason Segel & Ed Helms in "Jeff Who Lives At Home" (credit: Paramount Vantage)

 
(CBS SF) – What’s better than a good comedy? And, we could really use one these days. But, even the most cynical or zaniest idea needs a journey worth going on.

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JEFF WHO LIVES AT HOME (R)


In “Jeff Who Lives at Home,” we get Jason Segel as a self-involved slacker, a lazy guy we could meet anywhere – and probably have – living in his resentful mom’s basement, waiting for a sign to show him the meaning of his life. Ed Helms is the angry brother, a wasted Susan Sarandon phones it in as a woman who feels life has passed her by and she never lived it. Unmotivated camera zooming tries to tell us we are seeing something other than narcissism.

One hat for Segel who knows his character – too bad it aims so low.

KCBS Entertainment Reporter Jan Wahl:

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Audrey Tautou in "Delicacy" (credit: Cohen Media Group)

 

DELICACY (NOT RATED)

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Time to look at the human comedy, “Delicacy,” slow to start, but a worthwhile romance. Audrey Tautou, so good in Amelie, stars as a woman who goes through a tragedy then learns to open herself up to the possibility of a new emotional journey.

Her work space complicates everything, from a slimy sexual predator who happens to be a boss to a gossipy colleague. Tautou has a quiet reflectiveness that asks the audience to go deeper into their own feelings of love, loss, and possibility of loving again. In French with English subtitles. Three hats.

DVD/Home Video:
My Week With Marilyn,” “The Descendants,” “The Adventures of Tintin” and “Young Adult.”

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