Reviews in a line or two: Jeff, Who Lives at Home; Mangus!; Big Miracle

Jason Segel stars as a 30-year-old man who still lives in his mother’s basement and sets off on a quest to find the special meaning of the name “Kevin,” accompanied by his brother and a few odd characters. (Image via

Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2011)
Directed and written by Jay and Mark Duplass
Starring Jason Segel, Ed Helms, Judy Greer and Susan Sarandon
Jeff, Who Lives at Home boasts a great cast and a filming style reminiscent of one of the greatest television series of all time, Arrested Development. On top of that, the film has both very funny and quite dramatic moments. Some of the twists are predictable and the story feels a bit incomplete, but overall it’s a pretty good watch. The score: 3.5/5

Mangus is just a boy who wants to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather by filling the role of Jesus in the stage musical Jesus Christ Spectacular. (Image via

Mangus! (2011)
Directed and written by Ash Christian
Starring Ryan Boggus, Jennifer Coolidge and Heather Matarazzo
This offbeat comedy with ultra-quirky characters has a few serious undertones, but generally comes off as a silly, somewhat Napoleon Dynamite-esque comedy. It’s pretty funny, but if you’re not into this style of comedy, it’ll get old to you very fast. John Waters makes a great cameo appearance as Jesus. The score: 3.5/5

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Big Miracle (2012)
Directed by Ken Kwapis, written by Jack Amiel and Michael Begler
Based on “Freeing the Whales” by Thomas Rose
Starring John Krasinski and Drew Barrymore
This film mixes sad animal story and political drama with a look at how “big news” is made. Though considered a “family drama,” I think some of the subplots might go over the heads of little ones. It’s full of familiar faces, and good performances are given all around in this sweet story of different groups banding together to save a family of whales. The score: 3/5

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