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Keeping Up with the Joneses Movie Review

Keeping Up with the Joneses (2016) movie poster Keeping Up with the Joneses

Theatrical Release: October 21, 2016 / Running Time: 105 Minutes / Rating: PG-13

Director: Greg Mottola / Writer: Michael LeSieur

Cast: Zach Galifianakis (Jeff Gaffney), Jon Hamm (Tim Jones), Isla Fisher (Karen Gaffney), Gal Gadot (Natalie Jones), Matt Walsh (Dan Craverston), Maribeth Monroe (Meg Craverston), Patton Oswalt (Bruce "Scorpion" Springstein), Kevin Dunn (Carl Pronger), Bobby Lee (Ricky Lu)

 

In Keeping Up with the Joneses, an attractive married couple moves into an Atlanta suburb, buying a spacious house sight unseen. Tim Jones (Jon Hamm) is a globetrotting travel writer.
His glamorous Grecian wife Natalie (Gal Gadot, DC's Wonder Woman) has a cooking blog. The two instantly turn heads around their new cul de sac, including those of Jeff (Zach Galifianakis, slimmer than he's ever been) and Karen Gaffney (Isla Fisher), a milquetoast couple with two kids.

While their kids are away at summer camp, Jeff, a vanilla HR worker whose Internet-equipped is used by co-workers with higher security clearances, wants to be friends with Tim and gets the chance when they "bump" into each other at a home brewing supplies store and together discover a hidden Chinese restaurant serving snake wine and soup. Meanwhile Karen is suspicious of their new neighbors, tailing Natalie and discovering her making a drop. The Gaffneys then discover that the glass-blown ornament Tim has made them has a recording device hidden inside.

Milquetoast HR guy Jeff Gaffney (Zach Galifianakis) and covert spy Tim Jones (Jon Hamm) join forces in "Keeping Up with the Joneses."

Of course, the Joneses are spies, the kind of spies that only exist in the movies. You know, they kill all the bad guys, save the day, and look great doing both. In addition to saving the day,
the Joneses save their hapless neighbors from anonymous bad guys in black. Learning the truth produces questions inside the Gaffneys that the Joneses cannot answer.

Written by Michael LeSieur (You, Me and Dupree) and directed by Greg Mottola (Superbad, Paul), Keeping Up with the Joneses is a perfectly adequate piece of popcorn entertainment. There are enough diverting moments to keep you content and amused. The comedy rarely gets too broad or stupid. And the action never tries too hard to excite or be taken seriously. The four leads are charismatic enough to sell the average material and even when things get formulaic, with a standard issue villain (Patton Oswalt) or some staged lesbian affection, some bits hit their marks or disarm just enough to make you not hate the movie.

Keeping Up with the Joneses does little to distinguish itself from other action comedies and tales of suburban upheaval. But it does not really have to in order to win your support and leave you wanting to find out where it's going.

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Reviewed October 21, 2016.



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