1. Jeff, Who Lives at Home
I seem to have been watching a lot of films lately that turn out to be nothing like I expected, and Jeff, Who Lives at Home was definitely one of them. Considering it stars Jason Segel (my faaaaave) and Ed Helms, I thought it would be pretty safe to assume that it was a comedy. But no! It was more of an “offbeat indie drama” with clever character-writing and wee bits of dark humour running through it; it reminded me of the likes of Garden State or Me and You and Everyone We Know. Jeff (Segel) is a 30 year old slacker who still lives at home (not that you would have guessed from the title) and he’s constantly waiting for a “sign” from the universe to lead him in the right direction. One particular day, these signs lead him on a Kevin-related journey, and Jeff runs into brother Pat (Helms) and mum Sharon (Susan Sarandon) along the way. All three main characters are unhappy and unfulfilled but in completely different ways, and none of them really seem to know what they’re doing with their lives but a strange twist of fate brings them together in the end. I loved how the film explored the idea of fate versus circumstance; you start off thinking that Jeff is a total nutter but towards the end you really start to believe that maybe his signs aren’t so crazy after all. This was a totally unexpected film for me, but I really really loved it.
2. 30 Minutes or Less
I just stumbled across 30 Minutes or Less on Netflix the other night when I was looking for something to watch before I went to sleep. I hadn’t heard of it before, but this film seemed to fit my brief of “easy to watch, fairly funny, and entertaining even though I’m tired”. Pizza delivery guy Nick (Jesse Eisenberg) gets caught up in the schemes of two wannabe criminals/businessmen (Danny McBride and Nick Swardson) when he is kidnapped and hooked up to a bomb. He has one day to come up with $100,000 otherwise the bomb will be set off, so Nick has no choice but to rob the local bank with the help of best friend Chet (Aziz Ansari). The hapless pair just about manage to pull it off but of course there are plenty of complications along the way. The plot is fairly far-fetched and it’s not the funniest film I’ve ever seen, but I still enjoyed it nonetheless. It also had Rebecca Logan from Greek in it (remember Greek? It was GREAT).
Oh maaaa loooorrrrd I love Workaholics. I don’t think I’m really the target audience (it’s very “boy-ish” humour, for lack of a better word) but I think it’s really funny and am eagerly awaiting new season 4 episodes at the moment. Blake (Blake Anderson), Adam (Adam DeVine) and Anders (Anders Holm) are three friends who live together and work together, slacking off from their telemarketing job and getting up to assorted mischief instead whenever possible. I love how they’re all kind of terrible people but extremely endearing at the same time, and they never fail to make me laugh. My absolute favourite thing, weirdly enough, is Adam’s scream – honestly it’s the BEST. THING. EVER. I tried to find a video on Youtube but sadly no luck (if anyone would like to make a compilation, that would be great), so you’ll just have to take my word for it.
What have you been watching lately?