Movie: Jeff, Who Lives At Home
We at Mancave would never speak poorly against those living in their parent’s basement. Not that any of you do, of course! Some parts of Jason Segel’s lifestyle might be a little too close to home, but give him (and yourself) some credit: he might have wasted some time in his life, but today, he’s going to do the right thing. Ostensibly sent out by dear mother (Susan Sarandon!) to get some guidance (and maybe a job) from brother Ed Helms, Segel instead helps his brother figure out some problems of his own. With the all-star cast tackling some Big Questions without getting preachy or mushy about it, Jeff should be a great reason to get off your own basement couch and out into the world.
Disc: Young Adult
Charlize Theron shows off the other side of late-life Big Questions – what do you do when you had it all and have to start from scratch? After her divorce finds her returning to her hometown with a lot of questions, Theron decides she’s going to go for her high school sweetheart – conveniently ignoring the part where he’s happily married and has a newborn child. Patton Oswalt appears as a local pariah that bonds with Theron (if not exactly wanting to help her insane scheme). Is Theron a homewrecker? Can we relate a little bit? Do we wish we had hot ex-girlfriends flying across the country to win us back? Lots of good questions, lots of fine actors, and another solid effort from Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman on figurin’ it all out.
Album: Lucero - Women and Work
Lucero have been kicking in audience’s faces for 14 years now, with a cowboy boot on one foot and a Converse on the other. You could call them alt-country, if you’re referring to bands like the Old 97′s and Drive-By Truckers; if you’re looking for Wilco, well, that’s gonna be a little soft for these guys. Songs like the title track kick out their newfound horn section, and bluesy burners like “Who You Waitin’ On” give off some snarl.
Video Game: Mario Party 9
You’d be hard pressed to name the most universally loved dorm-room video game of all time. Does it belong to the Super Smash Bros. crowd? Is it the ever-classic Goldeneye (only the severely drunk are allowed to pick Oddjob). or is it the ever lovable Mario Party? The game is often criticized for being too luck-based. You know who doesn’t care about that? Friends pre-gaming together. An angry guy with a headset can play something that measures picture-perfect skill — we just want to mash buttons. The ninth(!) entry in the series marks a big departure — Hudson Soft is handing over the reigns to Nd Cube, who have tweaked a few things here and there. Everyone rides together in a car? Why not. Boss battles? Sure! At the end of the day, it’s all goofy fun, and still makes for a perfect drinking game.