Monday, November 19, 2012

Jeff, Who Lives at Home

"Everyone and everything is interconnected in this universe.  Stay pure of heart and you will see the signs.  Follow the signs and you will uncover your destiny.”   This is how the movie opens and is exactly what Jeff believes about life.  He is also obsessed with the movie Signs and believes no “sign” is too small to matter in the grand scheme of things.  This movie was NOTHING like I was expecting.  I was expecting some pot-head, stoner movie that didn’t really touch on anything and would just be really light.  Jeff does like his weed, but that’s not the focus of this one.  Jeff is kind of stalled in life and searching for his destiny, and along the way realizes how many others may be in the same shape, even if they look like they’ve got it all together.  Jeff’s mother is kind of lost in life after the death of her husband and his brother’s marriage is going downhill.  He has such an idealistic view of what life is, or should be, or could be, and I found myself identifying with him over and over when he’s “seeing” it and can’t seem to get anyone else to see what he’s talking about – or feeling everything in the same way as him.  There is also some major soul-searching about what we view and expect of others, as well as ourselves, and this movie can really strike some chords in the viewer as well.  Eventually, everything does come together for everyone in a way none of them could have ever expected.  I liked it.

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