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When Jeff Tried to Save the World (2018)

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WHEN JEFF TRIED TO SAVE THE WORLD follows Jeff (Jon Heder), the manager of a vintage bowling alley called Winky's World. Every day, Jeff is the first to arrive and the last to leave. He has memorized the shoe sizes of community regulars and the quirks of his fellow employees. Routine is Jeff's middle name, and both he and his anxious side like it that way. When Jeff discovers the owner (Jim O'Heir) has plans to sell, this comfortable life may slip right out of his hands. That is, unless he can find a way to save Winky's World. A secret hidden within the walls of the building may be exactly what it takes to keep the ball rolling when the lanes begin to look more like a maze than ever before.

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All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

The actors often look like they're mimicking real feelings.

April 14, 2021 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
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Occasionally the dialogue can be too on-the-nose... yet Goldberg's utter disinterest in condescension is precisely what makes her movie so lovable.

December 9, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Episode 20: When Jeff Tried To Save The World / Creed II / The Ballad of Buster Scruggs / The World Is Yours / Burning

September 3, 2021 | Rating: 55/100 | Full Review…

It's a quiet little story, quirky and sweet and funny and real.

September 26, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4.0 | Full Review…

[Kendall] Goldberg's direction, the cinematography, and the sound design channel nostalgia by capturing the feel of gaming ... and how the same lessons we learn from any game can assist us in life.

January 7, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Not only has writer-director Kendall Goldberg fleshed out this excellent main character, she guides it through this plot with a matching sense imagination and earnestness.

December 12, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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