While Neil Patrick Harris was certainly the immediate break-out star of “How I Met Your Mother,” he hasn’t yet been able to break away from his own reignited persona to star in movies that really stretch his range. Sure, he was the ostensible lead of The Smurfs and he’s always the best part of the Harold and Kumar films, but NPH is NPH and he’ll always be just NPH. On the other hand, Jason Segel has managed to turn his human teddy bear status into a somewhat marketable Hollywood asset. At the very least, he seems to be the one who will have a legitimate film career when HIMYM finally gets put to bed.
The Muppets may not have been the mega-hit many of us were hoping for, but Segel seems to still be able to make movies that he wants to make. Previously, the trailer for The Five-Year Engagement, with Emily Blunt, looked to be a romantic comedy that could manage to surpass that genre’s constraints in a similar fashion to Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Now here comes the trailer for festival darling, the indie dramedy Jeff Who Lives At Home — co-starring with Ed Helms, who also appears to be getting the opportunity to make interesting movies, and Susan Sarandon, who is still gorgeous even when playing a grandmother. Jeff looks like the exact kind of low-key-but-hilarious movie these people are made for.
Take a look:
It almost seems like the story here takes place over the course of a few weeks or days, but, according to the film’s synopsis, actually takes place over the course of a single trip to the store:
On his way to the store to buy wood glue, Jeff looks for signs from the universe to determine his path. However, a series of comedic and unexpected events leads him to cross paths with his family in the strangest of locations and circumstances. Jeff just may find the meaning of his life… and if he’s lucky, pick up the wood glue as well.
If you ask me, that context makes the events shown above even more engaging, and I kind of wish the trailer itself had made that clear. Still, Jeff Who Lives At Home is now yet another 2012 movie I’ll be looking forward to (eventually seeing on Netflix). The poster is fairly endearing, as well. Though, I could do without the Mitch Albom-y tagline: “The first step to finding your destiny is leaving your mother’s basement.”
Schlubby and sweet Jason Segel really is the best Jason Segel, isn’t he?
Rob Payne also writes the indie comic The Unstoppable Force, tweets on the Twitter @RobOfWar, and his ware can be purchased here (if you’re into that sort of thing). He likes manic, yelling Jason Segel second, and unabashedly nude Jason Segel third.