Thursday, September 15, 2011

TIFF: No Trespassing, But Jeff Earns Laughs

Posted By on Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 7:08 PM

Nicholas Cage and Nicole Kidman star in Trespass
  • Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman star in Trespass

Trespass, a big-budget film starring Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman is howlingly funny. Unfortunately, it’s supposed to be a intense drama.

The script is terrible, the acting is even worse. This ridiculously pedestrian story of a wealthy family enduring a home invasion attracted a huge crowd for its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, but everyone I spoke to hated this movie. Maybe it will give birth to a new cliche-every time an Oscar winner (and in this case, two of them) cashes in their credibility for an embarrassing payday, I will henceforth say they have “Trespassed.”

Jason Segel and Ed Helms star in Jeff, Who Lives at Home
  • Jason Segel and Ed Helms star in Jeff, Who Lives at Home
Jeff, Who Lives at Home was also pretty funny. The good news is that it’s a comedy.

Fraternal writer/directors Jay and Mark Duplass (Cyrus) have put together a sleight but sincere story of a 30-year-old do-nothing played by Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother). Jeff is a lost soul, so he’s rather anxious to look for “a sign” from the silliest of places. One coincidence leads to another until Jason indeed finds his destiny. He has a bit of help from his brother, played by Ed Helms (The Office) and mother, played by Susan Sarandon (Thelma and Louise). Jeff, Who Lives at Home won’t win any awards but its light, frothy style is quite entertaining.

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