Keeping Up with the Joneses

(2016)

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Title:
Keeping Up with the Joneses
Release Date:
21st October 2016
Runtime:
105 min
MPAA Rating:
PG-13
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Directors:
Greg Mottola
Writers:
Michael LeSieur
Languages:
English
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Storyline

An ordinary suburban couple (Zach Galifianakis, Isla Fisher) finds it’s not easy keeping up with the Joneses (Jon Hamm, Gal Gadot) – their impossibly gorgeous and ultra-sophisticated new neighbors – especially when they discover that Mr. and Mrs. “Jones” are covert operatives.

Ratings

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 19%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience 50%
IMDb Rating 5.7

Casts

Gal Gadot as Natalie Jones
Isla Fisher as Karen Gaffney
Jon Hamm as Tim Jones
Patton Oswalt as Scorpion
Zach Galifianakis as Jeff Gaffney

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by autisticreviewers 23rd October, 2016

Autistic Reviewers Opinion Of This Movie.

"A suburban couple becomes embroiled in an international espionage plot when they discover that their seemingly perfect new neighbors are government spies. " The comedy of "Keeping Up with the Joneses" comes from exaggeration. Mottola and screenwriter Michael LeSieur play up a suburban oasis for Jeff and Karen, with the pair living an idyllic life in a beautiful home. She's an interior designer, he's a practiced corporate negotiator, and while their marriage is stable, it's become flavorless. You've seen these characters before, and the production does little to disturb expectations, highlighting sexual dysfunction in the household, with newfound summertime freedom inspiring thoughts of savage coupling, only to have the pair maintain distance out of habit. There's no twist, no larger message of love. Jeff and Karen are set up as cheerful nothings easily overwhelmed by the arrival of Tim and Natalie, who stun their neighbors with flawless style, beauty, and sophistication. They're incredible, bewitching the community with tales of international travel and the display of impressive dart-throwing skills. Gal Gadot is always good at playing at the sexy lady and Jon Hamm was good at playing his manipulating and sly character. There's hardly any jokes that work in the movie, and if it wasn't for Isla Fisher and Zach Galifianakis's improvisational Comedy it would've flopped big time! The movie had one of the biggest disappointing showdowns we've ever seen. All in all, it's not a disastrous movie, but your best bet is to rent it on Netflix. 5/10. 2/5 stars.

Reviewed by E23-films 22nd October, 2016

★★ - fun characters, stale humour

Like with many modern comedies, Keeping Up With The Joneses just feels like an extended version of the trailer. The jokes that are in the trailer aren't too bad, but the rest of the movie doesn't really offer anything extra. Jokes aside, the story is fairly simple and predictable, with all the usual cliches and plot twists, but fortunately a decent cast makes it bearable. The main four suit their roles very well. I've never been a fan of Galifianakis, but he's strangely likable, honest and down to earth - as is Fisher, to a slightly lesser extent. Hamm and Gadot are absolutely spot on. They're smooth, suave and sophisticated, though I have to say they are the worst undercover spies ever written - they don't seem to understand the principle of blending in, right from the very start. So it's not massively funny, though there are a few laughs. The action isn't too dreadful (but the cheap CGI is), but likable characters turn this movie from disaster into very mild amusement. 2/5

Reviewed by OneEightNine Media 21st October, 2016

Not even funny.

I watched this at an advanced screening and didn't have to pay a dime but I feel like they should have given me a refund. A few people walked out during the first hour of the film, I wished I did. Basically, this film is like a made for LifeTime version of Mr & Mrs Smith, expect with a quarter of the action and absolutely none of the humor. All the jokes fall flat and there was literally only ONE TIME everyone in the theater laughed and it had nothing to do with the movie! There is a scene with Gal Gadot in her underwear (it is in the trailer) and someone in the audience yelled "the b#tch ain't got no a$$" and everyone started laughing. Seriously, this is the kind of movie that will just make you mad because of how predictable, pointless and boring it is. Zach Galifianakis is usually a pretty funny dude but his acting seemed lifeless and uninspired, in other words this was purely a paycheck gig for him. Poor Jon Hamm wasn't allowed to be funny in this movie. Isla Fisher looked bored half the time. Gal Gadot is as wooden as ever. All the minor characters are whatever. This movie isn't worth your time. All the "best" parts are in the trailers. Watching this on the big screen will just p!ss you off. If you must see it my advice to you is to walk out after the first 30 minutes, get a refund and watch something else. You'll thank me.

Reviewed by subxerogravity 21st October, 2016

Not hard to keep up with, it's a very OK.

It's a pretty good comedy. The average Suburban family gets a new neighbors, who are more than what they seem. Nothing out of the ordinary. Zach Galifianakis and Isla Fisher made a cute couple in the movie. very good comedy duo in an mediocre film. Jon Hamm is a fantastic straight man for the comedy that Galifianakis was dishing out. Gal Gadot is impressive. She's the one who has to keep up with the other three and she does a good job. i don't think I've seen her do anything outside the Fast and Furious movies so it was nice to see that she can do something else. I know i'm sitting here writing about the film, but for the most part there is really is not anything to write about. It gives you enough laughs so I feel like I did not waste my cash, but it's definitely not a movie you'll remember down the road. Nothing spectacular.

Reviewed by David Ferguson ([email protected]) 20th October, 2016

Mr and Mrs Jones

Greetings again from the darkness. Dozens of movies through the years make up the Spy Action-Comedy segment. Most of these lean heavily on either action (Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Red, Knight and Day) or comedy (Austin Powers, Get Smart, Date Night). The latest entry from director Greg Mottola and writer Michael LeSieur offers a more balanced approach while being somewhat grounded in familiar suburbia. Perfect casting certainly helps. Comedies are the toughest genre to review because the only thing that matters … does it cause you to laugh? … depends on the sense of humor of each viewer and even their frame of mind while watching. So what I can report is that the full theatre at my screening was filled with enthusiastic laughter multiple times, along with a pretty steady stream of chuckles and giggling. This will undoubtedly vary from the accounts of uppity film critics who will discount the basic plot and obvious laughs (which is the whole point). A James Bond-type opening credit sequence sets the tone as we abruptly shift to watching Jeff and Karen Gaffney (Zach Galifianakias, Isla Fisher) sending off their two sons to summer camp before returning home to their idealistic cul-de-sac suburban home. Things pick up when the new neighbors, Tim and Natalie Jones, arrive … a seemingly perfect couple played by Jon Hamm and Gal Gadot. They are the type of couple who are beautiful to look at, stylishly dressed, and even show up with a blown-glass sculpture as a gift for their new neighbors. Of course, this perfect couple is really married spies seeking information from the military weapons contractor where Jeff works as a Human Resources associate. It's Karen who senses something is off about the perfect couple, which leads to her stalking Natalie all the way to a dressing room where she is comically intimidated by Wonder Woman in black lingerie. On a side note, Ms. Fisher does have a later sequence where she proves to be anything but a homely housewife, despite how that dressing room scene is presented. The men head off for some male bonding – at a highly unusual specialty restaurant, leading to one of the more manic sequences in the movie. The four leads are all excellent, but it's Gal Gadot who is the real surprise … and her scenes with Ms. Fisher are the film's best. Both are allowed to shine, while the men are a bit more one dimensional. Galifianakias is the all-trusting good guy just happy to have some excitement in his life, while Hamm is the super cool spy (who wishes he wasn't). Both men seem to enjoy the chance to make friends, while the women are a bit more focused on tasks at hand. Director Mottola is known for his films Adventureland and Superbad, and writer LeSieur is best known for Me, You and Dupree. The impressive thing about this latest is that the comedy mostly derives from character and situational interactions, and the expected steady stream of punchlines never materializes. There is even some insight into marriages that have become a bit too predictable, and the challenges of making new friends when all available energy is devoted to parenting and making ends meet. In addition to the four leads, there are some funny moments for Maribeth Monroe, Matt Walsh and Kevin Dunn. The brilliant Patton Oswalt is cast as the self-nicknamed villain, and is responsible for one of the film's biggest laughs. Of course, this is not subtle or high-brow humor, and the story line is predictable throughout. The laughs stem from the contrast of a subdued, comfy suburban life versus the sophisticated, over-accomplished jet-setting couple … laughs clearly enhanced by the talented leads. So while this seems like the kind of movie I would usually ignore, perhaps it arrives at a time when laughing is simply preferable to the daily grind of an embarrassing and humiliating Presidential race. So go ahead and give laughter a chance … it works even better than a stress ball.