Indian Paintbrush, Jeff Brothers Productions, Mr. Mudd,
Jason Segal, Ed Helms, Susan Sarandon, Judy Greer, Rae Dawn Chong
Once there were two brothers. Pat (Ed Helms) is the “good” son who is ambitious, hard working, and doing quite well in the business world. Jeff (Jason Segal) on the other hand, is a major screwup. Living in his mother’s basin, he spends all time living in his mother’s basement, and believes that everything happens due to some cosmic cause and effect. His mom is having a birthday and wants only one thing. For her son Jeff to get out of the basement and run a simple errand for her. This is much harder than it ought to be, as wrong number sends Jeff on a wild goose chase looking for the person who was supposed to answer the phone besides him. Meanwhile Pat is sick of his brother’s antics and it seems to be irritating him to no end. His world seems to be coming apart as he seems to have caught his wife in a compromising situation, but when the brothers and Mom and the “girls” are all present at a catastrophic event, perhaps Jeff’s weird beliefs aren’t so weird after all. Is this his destiny after all?
This is one of those weird, off the wall films. Kind of reminiscent of Dumb and Dumber, this film shows that TV actors can turn out a pretty decent comedy film too. Ed Helms (The Office), Jason Segal (How I Met Your Mother) and Judy Greer (Mad Love, Two and a Half Men) are all in active TV roles, but all do an outstanding job in this very quirky comedy. It’s a very strange story, but is decently funny. It’s not an award winning script, but it’s still well done with what they have here. Nothing ends up like you’d expect, and the smart one isn’t a smart as everyone thinks he is, and the dumb one isn’t near as stupid as everyone thinks. It’s a little bit a romance with a moderate amount of comedy mixed with a bit of heartwarming stuff, and what we end up with is a decent little B film that was off everyone’s radar. This is not a great movie, but one that you probably missed and a very decent rental! Well worth checking out.
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