Review – Keeping Up With the Joneses (2016)

It’s been a figure of speech for as long as you or I can remember, but now it’s a major motion picture! The entire idea behind the phrase “keeping up with the Joneses” is that these Joneses in question are cooler than you, and you just can’t have that, no sir! So even though it’s unnatural, you keep up with the times, and so goes life. The movie takes that idea a step further and makes the Joneses a couple of spies somewhat similar to other married spy comedies like Knight and Day, Killers, or Mr. and Mrs. Smith. So let’s get into Keeping Up with the Joneses.

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

Simple, right? But is that simplicity enough to make this film special? I’m not entirely convinced it does, but I actually was a fan of every actor here. No way would Zach Galifianakis be married to Isla Fisher in real life, but I found their chemistry together perfect for this type of role. I think Jon Hamm would be more likely be attached to Gal Gadot, and their chemistry with each other, and to Isla and Zach are really pretty great. It’s their chemistry that ultimately created everything special about this film. Had it been any other group of actors, I question if anyone would really care about it. We’ve seen married spies in comedies before, so that’s nothing new… what these folks brought to the table, was new.

As far as the humor goes, it was mostly touch and go. I laughed at a few scenes, while others left me eerily quiet, which is pretty typical in this day in age with modern comedies. Which leaves me at how I felt about the film as a whole. I wasn’t angry that I saw it. It was a good comedy that you can laugh along to and pay attention without too many distractions, but it wasn’t overly memorable or special. If I see it again, I see it again. If I don’t, I don’t. Will I seek it out in the near future? That’s hard to tell at this point, but I don’t see me actually buying it or anything.

Keeping Up With the Joneses is a good movie to watch on a rainy, gloomy day. It has just the right amount of chuckles and laughs to cheer you up, but that’s about it. I suspect it’s DVD and Blu-ray sales may be lacking. Not because it’s bad, just because it’s not good ENOUGH.

Peace Out


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