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Jeff, Who Lives at Home: A quirky comedy with big ideas

Directed by Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass (USA)

A small, quirky comedy with big ideas on destiny and the order of the universe comes from the Duplass brothers, the writing-directing duo behind 2010's Cyrus. Jason Segel is the titular, thoughtful, track-pants-wearing slacker who, yes, lives at home. A banal chore one day gets him out of the house on an errand involving wood glue, thus setting off a chain reaction of seemingly unrelated events involving his lonely mother (the excellent Susan Sarandon) and misguided brother ( The Hangover's Ed Helm). The film that tells us there is meaning, direction and revelations to be found in random happenings comes together delightfully and emotionally, just as planned.

Sept. 14, 9 p.m., Elgin Theatre; Sept. 15, 11 a.m., Elgin Theatre; Sept. 17, 9:15 a.m., Scotiabank Theatre

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