Friday, July 27, 2012

MOVIE WEEKEND

Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,

I'm giving you one movie today instead of two because this movie touched me so deeply. It's called Jeff, Who Lives At Home.


Jeff, a 30-year-old weed smoking slacker played by Jason Segal, lives in his mom Sharon's (Susan Sarandon) basement. He thinks a lot about the importance of signs while smoking plenty of weed.

After receiving a wrong number phone call for someone named Kevin, Jeff reluctantly leaves behind his bong to run an errand for Sharon. Jeff follows someone named Kevin because Jeff believes it's a sign, which leads Jeff to an encounter with his brother Pat (Ed Helms).

Antics ensue.

I thought about turning off this movie after about 10 minutes. The next 10 minutes were even worse. Jeff, Who Lives At Home appeared to be the kind of crazy physical comedy that I don't really like.

But I had ordered the movie from Netflix, and I'm too tight with a buck not to watch a movie I've paid to see. So Jeff didn't get turned off.

Boy, am I ever glad I'm cheap.

Jeff turned out to be a movie about my favorite theme: the interconnectedness of humankind. Loves are lost and found; lives are lost and regained; a slacker becomes the conduit for good.

I wish I could express to you exactly how good this movie made me feel. I guess all I can say is that I went to bed that night with a deep feeling of contentment and knowing that God is good. His grace and mercy really do surpass all understanding. Everything happens for a reason.

This movie reinforced and gave words and visuals to my most deeply held beliefs.

Jeff, Who Lives At Home has the Highest Janie Junebug Seal of Approval.

Infinities of love,

Janie L. Junebug






25 comments:

  1. Now I've got to go and download it from Netflix, it sounds like the kind of movie I would definitely like.
    Hope you have a great weekend :)

    p.s. I did write Dr. Phil.

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  2. Oh, wow! I hope Dr. Phil can help you deal with your sex addiction and that little coke problem, too.

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  3. We just got Netflix over here but the selection is ridiculously small for the Irish version. I don't remember seeing this when I scoured the small library of films last night but I'll keep my fingers crossed that they may have it!

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    1. Netflix is discriminating against the Irish. All the movies should be available to you. Tell them Janie said so.

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  4. That's quite a lot of accomplishments for one little ol' movie. It's been a long time since I saw a movie that made me feel like that. After my then-fiance and I saw "A Patch of Blue" in the movies back in the '60s, we felt so good afterwards, we walked to a nearby black church and stood outside listening to the music. A little boy told us to "go on in!" Said his daddy was the preacher, and they'd love to have us visit. So, we did. And the wonderful feeling we had coming out of the movie lasted a little bit longer.

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    1. Susan, That's beautiful. A Patch of Blue is an amazing movie.

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  5. Dear Janie, is this movie an older one or is it in the theater right now? I ask, because I'm truly, truly frugal (which is the word I use instead of cheap!!!!! as it casts a better light on me!). If it's older, I may be able to get it from the library. Like you, the concept of interconnectedness, which I call Oneness, is the touchstone of my life. Peace.

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    1. Dee, I see a movie in a theater about once a year. This movie came out on DVD recently and I ordered it from Netflix. I had never heard of it until I saw it on their site. It's probably not a popular mainstream type of movie.

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  6. Sounds like a great movie. I'll have to check it out.

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  7. I'm glad it turned out to be a good movie. I may have to check it out.

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  8. Sounds cool. I'll watch that one. Hope all is well with you girlfren.

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    2. All is great with me boyfren.

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  9. Sometimes it pays off to stick with a movie. I'm glad this was a good one.

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  10. I'll go searching for Jeff... and Patch of Blue. Thanks for the info.

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    1. Patch of Blue is pretty old. It would be with the classics. Every time I see it, it upsets me, but then I end up in love with the beauty of how good and kind two people can be. Shelley Winters (whose character is pure evil) won the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for Patch of Blue.

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  11. I'll have to put this on my list. Living where I do, in a really remote part of England, where there is not so much as a Video Rental store, we have to take pot-luck on what the local store sells.
    Four or five times a year, we buy a bunch of maybe 30 or 40 D.V.D.s from Amazon, and we had just got a load last week.

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    1. I'd love to see where you live, but I don't know if I could handle living there. I felt isolated when I lived in the country in Illinois and I was only twenty minutes from the city.

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  12. Well will have to check it out. I hate when the beginnings are boring.
    www.thoughtsofpaps.com

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    1. It's not really boring, PAPS. It's just not my kind of humor. But after the part that some people will think is funny, it becomes a very thoughtful and tender movie.

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