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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Movie Review- Keeping Up with the Joneses

Why didn't they have this much fun in the movie?


"Did you just call me a pussy, in Hebrew?!"

With a borderline gay crush, I have to say that Jon Hamm (The Town) is a cool lookin dude with charisma to spare. He's that guy that always pulls in your attention when he's on the screen. He's got that "IT" factor that many work twice as hard for (or more) to get into the spotlight. As with George Clooney (Hail, Caesar!), Brad Pitt (Fury), and an older Ben Affleck (Hollywoodland), Hamm has that classic actor look that screams at you with his professional stance and macho chin. If Mad Men hadn't stolen him for so long, we might've had a larger filmography of his to enjoy! There, was that enough filler for an intro?

Keeping Up with the Joneses

My description of Mr. Hamm is eerily similar to some people's opinions of him as an actor, and the overall consensus about this film; It looks good, but what else is there to offer? With a director like Greg Mottola (Superbad, Adventureland) on board, you'd think that there would be a good balance between realistic drama and zany humor. However, Keeping Up with the Joneses is stable enough as a film to justify its existence, but the jokes are mostly so tired and wooden, that this whole thing would have played better as a serious action drama instead. It's as if the writers ignored the fact that Mr. & Mrs. Smith came out a decade ago or something. Except that that movie was funny.

Once again, I can't blame Hamm nor his costars. They all give it their best. But just because you can have Hamm speak Chinese (Cantonese or Mandarin) or have Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) throw darts perfectly, doesn't mean that their characters (or anyone else's) are complete. Something's missing, especially with Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover) and Isla Fisher (Wedding Crashers) at the forefront. They have a good income, a beautiful house, and two well-behaved children, yet they need two movie star complected spies to come in and make them turn off the reality shows and spice up their sex lives? I'm not buying it. Also, the lame jokes make every action scene lose their luster.

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, of Keeping Up with the Joneses

The Good- Zach bonds with Jon and Isla bonds with Gal, Kevin Dunn (Ghostbusters II) and Patton Oswalt (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty) make appearances,  Hamm's and Gadot's chemistry, and the two hot female leads making out. Sorry, I had to give that last one away.

The Bad- Did I mention how predictable the plot was?

The Ugly- All this talent (comedic and physical beauty) squandered. WWWHHHYYY!!!

Final Thoughts


Keeping Up with the Joneses is good enough as a free... You know what? This movie was a waste of my time and money. It doesn't suck, but just being tolerable isn't enough to fly this girl's skirt up. Even if it's got Jon Hamm.
Rating- 4 out of 10


Keeping Up with the Joneses (2016)

PG-13  |  105 min  |  Action, Comedy  |  21 October 2016 (USA)

A suburban couple becomes embroiled in an international espionage plot when they discover that their seemingly perfect new neighbors are government spies.

Director: Greg Mottola
Writer: Michael LeSieur

Stars: Zach Galifianakis, Isla Fisher, Jon Hamm 



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