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Posts Tagged ‘ Jason Segel ’

Film Review: Sex Tape

Sex-Tape-trailer

For his latest slapstick comedy, Sex Tape, multi-talented Jason Segel has not only teamed up with director Jake Kasdan again, but with co-star Cameron Diaz, too. However this time around the story is more about the “what happens next” phase of romance.

Settled as a married couple with two kids, living and working in the suburbs , Annie (Cameron Diaz) and Jay (Jason Segel) seem to have the perfect life. But ten years of marriage have diminished the passion and they just can’t seem to find the time or energy to have sex. Continue reading

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This is 40

This Is 40

Five years after the lukewarm comedy Knocked Up writer/director Judd Apatow latest offering, This is 40, looks at marriage from a different angle. Continue reading

Movie Review: The Five Year Engagement

The Five Year Engagement is a Nicholas Stoller directed romantic comedy starring Jason Segel and Emily Blunt. The film begins with Tom (Segel) proposing to his girlfriend of one year Violet (Blunt) and follows their live together as careers and ambitions put heed to their wedding plans.

This typical romantic comedy premise however is supplemented by factors that are becoming increasingly relevant but rarely written about for the big screen, in particular in comedy. The fact that it is Tom who is the one affected by the success of Violet as a social psychology PhD for example is a rather intriguing gender role reversal and one that is becoming more and more common in western society.

As the film continues Violet also becomes happier, whilst Tom becomes miserable as a consequence for making a sacrifice for his fiancé.  How exactly do you tell the person you want to be happy that you are not happy as a consequence of their happiness? How do you deal with a loss of your manhood?

And the way in which both tom and violets fears and imperfections are not shoved in your face again and again with a big red flashing sign like most romantic comedies is a nice change. Life rarely is that simple and it’s nice to see movies trying to reflect that. In each situation there is never exactly a “bad guy”; the actions that occur are usually consequences of life not through men/women being inherently stupid or evil.

This would appear to be another film touched by the golden hand of producer Judd Apatow known for recognised films such as The 40 Year Old Virgin, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Superbad and even the recent Bridesmaids. Judd Apatow has produced some of the best “laugh out loud” – for want of a better word – films of this decade and is one of the leaders in rejuvenating clever comedies which deal with serious issues. Films like this show that comedy can deal with serious issues in ways that go beyond easy laughs. There is no reason issues such as cancer (50/50) or even unplanned pregnancy (Knocked Up) can’t be laughed about if done tastefully. These films aren’t about laughing at the situation, they are about realising you are most likely no different from any of these characters and that’s no bad thing. Here it’s how to deal with the imperfection that is inherent in every relationship, and how we deal with this realisation.

Sure it drags in parts, and if you aren’t a fan of Jason Segel this won’t change your mind. There are also a few unusual jokes that are a bit out there, and the staple masturbation / boner jokes that American comedies can’t live without for some reason are ever present. That aside it’s a film you come out feeling a bit better that you aren’t weird enough to dress up as Princess Diana at a “make your own super hero” party or leave your crossbow on a kitchen table.  And that’s no bad thing at all.

Jeff Who Lives At Home

Jeff (Jason Segel) is your quintessential slacker, he loves smoking weed nearly as much as he loves M. Night Shyamalan’ s film “Signs”. He rarely ventures out of his mother’s basement and tries to figure out the meaning of his life and destiny by looking for hidden messages and signs in everything.  One morning Jeff is forced to leave his comfort zone when his mother Sharon (Susan Sarandon) sends him on a quest to buy wood glue and fix her kitchen cabinet and a mysterious caller tells him to find Kevin.

Jeff’s brother Pat (Ed Helms) wants a bigger life than he can afford and tries to be a mover and shaker which only ends up annoying everyone, including his wife (Judy Greer).

Sharon spends her day in a small cubical worrying about Jeff, gossiping with her colleagues and thinking that her life is over. But when a secret admirer starts sending her messages she discovers that her dreams are still very much alive.

As the story unfolds Jeff plays basketball, gets beaten up, bumps into his brother, starts stalking his sister in law, jumps on an ice-cream truck and is always on the lookout for signs and “Kevin”.  The intertwining plot is filled with twist and turns and at times it is hard to see where the story is going but with the surprising climax and strong characters Jeff who lives at home is a clever and sweet film.

The brothers Jay and Mark Duplass wrote and directed  Jeff who lives at home and like their offbeat film Cyrus family is the very much at the centre of the plot. Sticking to their independent roots this new film lacks Hollywood glamour and shows a real insight into the grittier aspects of siblings, families and shattered dreams, while somehow still staying positive and at times very funny.

Jason Segel is endearing as the anti-hero Jeff and manages to be witty, insightful and very childlike in equal measures, although at times Jeff does seem a little bit pervy and you just know he smells a little bit unwashed.

Overall Jeff who lives at home is a good film, funny at times and  relies on strong actors, good dialogues and an interesting plot. So leave your 3D goggles at home and enjoy a film that just wants to tell a story and does so well.

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