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Film Review: ‘Keeping Up With the Joneses’!!

by Janet White on Oct 21st, 2016

Hello Everyone, Janet W. here…

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Everyone gets suspicious when new neighbors move into the neighborhood. However, when the new neighbors, Tim and Natalie Jones (Jon Hamm and Gal Gadot), are super hot, then what? Sweet suburban couple, Jeff and Karen Gaffney (Zach Galifianakis and Isla Fisher), is immediately fascinated. Can you blame them? The Gaffneys’ lives are quite mundane despite the fact that their children are away at camp. The Joneses are chic, publicly affectionate, and suspiciously nice. The Gaffneys will never be the same again.

 

I saw this movie, because of Hamm. My goodness was he fun to watch on Mad Men and has a great presence, not just handsome but suave. I also enjoyed his smaller roles in Sucker Punch and Bridesmaids. Gadot was the bomb, lethal and chic, in the Fast & Furious series and her portrayal of Mrs. Jones holds true to that. It will be interesting to see what the former Miss Israel (yes, she was a beauty queen, SHOCKER) does with Wonder Woman. Truth be told, I have not been a big Galifianakis fan.

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I thought he was funny in the first Hangover film, but it got old quick. Later, I reviewed Are You Here and wanted to walk out, because it was so bad. However, in Keeping Up With the Joneses, I enjoyed his performance the majority of the time. I first saw Fisher as the meek head wife in Attila with Gerard Butler as Attila. It took a while for me to catch her in another film, but I enjoyed her performances in The Great Gatsby and Now You See Me. Coupled with her comedic genius in Keeping Up With the Joneses, I’d say that Fisher has a wide range of acting potential. I look forward to her future work.

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Overall, I enjoyed Keeping Up With the Joneses. The opening sequence a little too long, but there’s a surprise that ends it in a good way. A few weak jokes were in the script, but much laughter was shared in the audience. Directed by Greg Mottola (Superbad, Paul, and Adventureland), Keeping Up With the Joneses is action-packed with a solid blend of espionage and comedic calamities.

 

SURPRISINGLY GOOD

Janet L. White

Your friendly straightforward neighborhood critic

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Wayne Westerberg:
Outdoorsman. What's your fascination with all that stuff?
Christopher McCandless:
I'm going to Alaska.
Wayne Westerberg:
Alaska, Alaska? Or city Alaska? Because they do have markets in Alaska. The city of Alaska. Not in Alaska. In the city of Alaska, they have markets.
Christopher McCandless:
No, man. Alaska, Alaska. I'm gonna be all the way out there, all the way fucking out there. Just on my own. You know, no fucking watch, no map, no axe, no nothing. No nothing. Just be out there. Just be out there in it. You know, big mountains, rivers, sky, game. Just be out there in it, you know? In the wild.
Wayne Westerberg:
In the wild.
Christopher McCandless:
Just wild!
Wayne Westerberg:
Yeah. What are you doing when we're there? Now you're in the wild, what are we doing?
Christopher McCandless:
You're just living, man. You're just there, in that moment, in that special place and time. Maybe when I get back, I can write a book about my travels.
Wayne Westerberg:
Yeah. Why not?
Christopher McCandless:
You know, about getting out of this sick society. Society!
Wayne Westerberg:
[coughs] Society! Society!
Christopher McCandless:
Society, man! You know, society! Cause, you know what I don't understand? I don't understand why people, why every fucking person is so bad to each other so fucking often. It doesn't make sense to me. Judgment. Control. All that, the whole spectrum. Well, it just...
Wayne Westerberg:
What "people" we talking about?
Christopher McCandless:
You know, parents, hypocrites, politicians, pricks.
Wayne Westerberg:
[taps Chris' head] This is a mistake. It's a mistake to get too deep into all that kind of stuff. Alex, you're a hell of a young guy, a hell of a young guy. But I promise you this. You're a young guy! Can't be juggling blood and fire all the time!
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