After the charming Cyrus, The Duplass Brothers return for another lo-fi slice of suburban life. Jason Segel plays the the Jeff of the title, a basement-dwelling, childlike philosopher who totally gets the M. Night Shyamalan film Signs. When he gets a call from an angry stranger looking for someone called Kevin, this kickstarts a series of events which will affect the lives of the key people around him. His brother suspects that his wife is cheating on him, so he and Jeff go to ridiculous lengths to find out what's happening. Meanwhile, his mother has a surprise secret admirer in work. Essentially focused on 4 characters over the course of one day, it's a slight character piece that doesn't try too hard to impress. Look too closely and you could poke holes in the wafer-thin plot. However, the spirited performances and unexpected plot twists keep the film chugging along so you don't notice the flaws too much. The Duplass Brothers are definitely talented, so it will be interesting to see what they come up with next. Hopefully, it'll be something meatier.
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