Not really much of a self-starter - unless you count bouts of philosophizing and repeated viewings of the movie "Signs" - Jeff rarely ventures far beyond his home...which happens to be in the basement of his mother's Baton Rouge house where he and his now estranged brother, Pat, grew up. Still concerned but completely out of ideas as to getting Jeff to move forward with his life, his mother Sharon has whittled her own dreams for her eldest son down to completing the simple tasks she hopes Jeff might accomplish before she gets home from her civil service job. Today, it's about wood glue - could he simply make it to the store to buy some of the stuff to repair a loose slat in a shutter door?
Well, he can try. But for Jeff, life is anything but simple, as he sets out mindful of his goal and armed with his own special view of the world. He is convinced that if a person can just listen for signs in the universe, a path will be made clear. Thanks to an earlier wrong-number call looking for someone named Kevin, Jeff believes that Kevin is key to finding his way...at least for today. The simple task he sets out to accomplish quickly becomes forgotten, as Jeff encounters a series of comedic and unexpected events that lead him to cross paths with his family in the strangest of locations and circumstances. Along the way, Jeff just may find the meaning of his life... and if he’s lucky, pick up the wood glue as well.
||March 16th, 2012 (Limited) by Paramount Vantage, released as Jeff Who Lives at Home|
||June 19th, 2012 by Paramount Home Video, released as Jeff Who Lives at Home|
||R for language including sexual references and some drug use.|
(Rating bulletin 2205, 1/11/2012)
||Romance, LGBT, Improvised, Young Child Dealing with the Death of a Parent, Widow/Widower, Death of a Spouse, Intertitle, Fate or Destiny, Infidelity, Relationships Gone Wrong, Narcotics, Dysfunctional Family, Delayed Adulthood|
|Production Method:||Live Action|
|Creative Type:||Contemporary Fiction|
||Indian Paintbrush, Mr. Mudd, Right of Way Films|
There are a trio of wide releases coming out on the home market this weekend; however, two of them were box office bombs, while the only one that did reasonably well at the box office was absolutely eviscerated by critics. Project X will likely be the best selling new release of the week, but that's not a good sign, as it made just over $50 million in theaters. Additionally, according to Amazon.com, the top ten best selling new releases include a trio of catalogue titles making their Blu-ray debut. We are not talking about classics that are finally making the leap to high definition. We are talking about films like Newsies, which earned less than $3 million during its original theatrical run. As for potential Pick of the Week winners, there were a few contenders. Jeff, Who Lives At Home is an excellent film, but the DVD and the Blu-ray have absolutely no extras. Wilfred: Season One could be a winner, but I didn't get a chance to see the show when it first aired, and the DVD / Blu-ray is late. The screener is also late for Louie: Season Two, but at least I've seen season one and the DVD or Blu-ray is the best bet for Pick of the Week.
Jeff, Who Lives At Home was written and directed by Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass, who have worked together a number of times and have built up serious Indie cred with films like Cyrus, Baghead, and The Puffy Chair. Because of this, this film had high expectations. It did reasonably well at the box office. It opened in too many theaters, so its per theater average was rather weak, but it lasted long enough to top $4 million, which is good for a limited release. Will it perform better on the home market? Or does the movie have an appeal that limited to art house cinema?
Think Like a Man
was a surprise hit and the only film to top $10,000 on the per theater chart. However, Darling Companion
came very, very close with an average of $9,991 in four theaters.
Damsels in Distress topped the per theater chart with an average of $14,647 in four theaters. This suggests some potential to expand, although it is too soon to tell if the film will earn some measure of mainstream success. Bully slipped to second place with an average of $12,292 in six theaters, but it should expand now that it has been given a PG-13 rating. We Have a Pope surprised with an average of $10,456 in three theaters.
The ratings controversy didn't hurt Bully, which topped the per theater chart with an average of $23,294 in five theaters. It is always difficult for a documentary to expand significantly, but this start will certainly help. The overall box office leader, The Hunger Games, was next with an average of $14,153 in more than 4,000 theaters.
There were only two films in the $10,000 club on the per theater chart, but the number one film was massive. The Hunger Games not only took top spot on the overall chart, but it earned an average of $36,871, which was more than double its nearest competitor. Second place went to The Raid: Redemption with an average of $15,270 in 14 theaters. This suggests some potential for expansion, while it should reach at least one major milestone before its theatrical run is done.
The Kid with a Bike took top spot on the per theater chart with an average of $15,311 in three theaters, while Jiro Dreams of Sushi was in a virtual tie with an average of $15,202 in six. Gerhard Richter Painting was next with $13,537 in its lone theater. The overall box office leader, 21 Jump Street, was next with an average of $11,632, while last week's winner, Footnote, was right behind with $11,181.
It's not a particularly busy week in terms of total number of limited releases. However, it is a huge week in terms of total theater count, as there are three films opening in hundreds of theaters each. Will any of these films succeed? Jeff, Who Lives at Home has the best shot of the three. Or will any of the much more limited releases find an audience? Of those, The Kid with a Bike has the best shot at finding an audience. Additionally, Intouchables has a sneak peak on Saturday at the Paris Theater in New York City.
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