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Paramount Toasts Spirit of 'Jeff'

14 Jun, 2012 By: Chris Tribbey

(L-R): Jay Duplass, Judy Greer and Mark Duplass

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Paramount Home Media Distribution could have chosen a posh Hollywood club or a swank Beverly Hills restaurant to hold the release party for its latest disc.

But a hidden basement bar near the beach was by far more appropriate for Jeff, Who Lives at Home, a story about a 30-year-old slacker (Jason Segel) searching hard for meaning in life — while living in his mother’s basement, of course.

“It’s a good thing they didn’t do the Beverly Hills Hotel because that’s just not [expletive] us,” said Mark Duplass, who co-directed and co-wrote the film with brother Jay. “They picked a great spot.”

After a string of smaller independent flicks, the brothers were celebrating their biggest endeavor yet May 24 at Basement Tavern, without the need for red carpets, huge fanfare or evening wear. Just a few cocktails, inspirational quotes from the film written on the wall and, of course, M. Night Shyamalan’s Signs playing on a continuous loop in the background (because that’s the movie that “Yoda on acid” would follow as a mantra of life).

Paramount releases the comedy on DVD and Blu-ray Disc June 19, with both versions including UltraViolet.

“We wanted to make a window into a life, one that feels real,” Jay Duplass said, adding that the look of the Blu-ray should impress. “We want people to enjoy these characters.”

Those characters start with Jeff, played lovingly by Segel, who looks for — and quite possibly finds — meaning in life one day, when he spends it mostly helping his brother (Ed Helms) spy on and follow the brother’s wife, who might be cheating on him. Jeff’s day starts randomly, turns bad and gets worse, but at the end of the day, something unexpected and positive may come out of it. Susan Sarandon and Judy Greer also lend their talents to the dialogue-driven film, one that Greer says will have a longer life once people who missed it in theaters catch it on DVD or Blu-ray.

“It has great performances and a great story; it’s fun and philosophical,” she said.

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