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Keeping Up With the Joneses (2016) Reviewed By Jay

United States, 24 December 2015

 

Jay´s Review

Here we have the standard competition in suburbia, a couple attempting to measure up as a new couple moves into their cul-de-sac. They look like perfect neighbors, but what if they are government spies and there is international espionage afoot?

 

This PG-13 Action/Comedy is directed by Greg Mottola ("The Newsroom") based on a script by Michael LeSieur ("Glory Daze"). Expect action, vehicular mayhem, lots of gunfire and some profanity; the comedy is pretty broad (Galifianakis is in it!) but LeSieur's heart is in the right place.

 

 

 

Here is part of the cast:

 

  • * Gal Gadot ("Wonder Woman") Natalie Jones is perfect. Perfect hair, perfect teeth, perfect body, perfect house. Ugh! She even has a cooking blog  on television. We hate her already!
  • * Jon Hamm ("Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie") Tim Jones is the perfect mate for Natalie. Just LOOK at him! And all those fascinating stories from his travels around the world, Too, too much!
  • * Isla Fisher ("The Brothers Grimsby") On the other hand, Karen Gaffney is anything but perfect. First of all, she's a snoop. Nothing gets by her and all of a sudden she has a lot to watch!
  • * Zach Galifianakis ("Bob's Burgers") Karen's husband Jeff, is a self-effacing guy who works in the Human Resources department doing conflict resolution at a large corporation. He's a big fan of indoor skydiving, and is very accommodating, e.g., everyone borrows his computer to do personal stuff and on top of that, he's a GREAT listener!
  • * And then there are the Craverstons, Meg and Dan, played by Maribeth Monroe and Matt Walsh ("Adam Ruins Everything" and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"). She's in real estate and he works for the same company as Jeff. They have four children under the age of 12 with braces on their teeth.
  • * Patton Oswalt (LOTS of TV) Bruce is the linchpin. See how important a parking space at work can become...

 

As the plot becomes unhinged, so do our characters. Watch our amateur sleuths bumble around breaking things and trying not to leave clues. Don't embarrass yourself: try not to laugh at the goofy dumb bits. I found the careless slamming of the unconscious body into door frames, etc., to be offensive and the kiss wasn't necessary, but all in all, I'll admit we were entertained... But don't tell anyone, okay?

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