Keeping Up With The Jonses (2016)

Rated PG-13
Action / Comedy
Try pairing with:  PBC Cedar Plank Tilapia

Jen’s Rating:  C

Keeping Up with the Joneses has been on and off my list to watch for a few months. The trailer seemed like a stupid slapstick comedy with no substance. I wasn’t far off but what made this movie good was the actual actors.

One of my favorite actors Zach Galifianakis plays Jeff Gaffney who is a complete opposite of any character I’ve seen him play before. He is married to Karen Gaffney played by another one of my favs Isla Fisher. The Gaffney’s are a normal suburban family who has sent their kids to sleep away camp over the summer. Karen is an interior decorator who works from home that subconsciously wants to be a detective. Jeff is a boring HR director at a tech company that subconsciously wants to be a psychologist.

Suddenly, Tim and Natalie Jones, played by Jon Hamm and Gal Gadot purchase a house in cash without seeing the house across the street from the Gaffney’s. The Joneses brought a gift over to the Gaffney’s house to introduce themselves. John and Karen invited Tim and Natalie to a neighborhood barbeque where they met Dan and Meg Carverston, played by Matt Walsh and Maribeth Monroe. Dan also works at the same tech company with John. The Joneses are very out of place for suburban America, which causes Karen to go undercover.

Karen begins to suspect something is off with the Joneses and gets Jeff involved on her special mission. Little do they know the Joneses are not the only people in the neighborhood they should be leery about.

Keeping Up with the Joneses had several hilarious moments. Each actor added a plethora comedy within each scene. Even though this movie was hilarious I felt the story line was average which is why I gave this movie a C.

Jeremy’s Rating:  C

This recent comedy by Greg Mottola was much more fun than I had imagined, although by the end it had fallen into the realm of most comedies that have been coming out lately, and while very funny, it fails to fully deliver.  When a new couple moves into the neighborhood, Jeff and Karen Gaffney (Zach Galifianakis & Isla Fisher) feel like something isn’t quite right with their new neighbors.  When they finally meet Tim and Natalie Jones (Jon Hamm & Gal Gadot) they are amazed at how perfect they seem.  But something is still off, and it is not long before they are all involved in a plot to find someone who has been leaking information from Jeff’s employer BMI.

The problem with this film is that it doesn’t really go anywhere.  The writing is good, the acting is wonderful, everyone is cast very well, but it just falls flat.  I think this is because it follows a copy and paste style of comedy that so many films, not necessarily even in the same genre follow.  While it is a completely unique film and story, as you watch it and get further into the film, it begins to feel like something you’ve seen before.  When this happens I begin to lose interest because it just becomes a recycled experience that I feel like I’ve completely experienced before.  I gave this film a C because of this reason.  If this film had followed a little bit of a different direction, I feel like I would have been able to rate it higher, but I simply couldn’t get into it as much as I could have.

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