Tuesday, October 25, 2016

MOVIE REVIEW: Keeping Up with the Joneses

Keeping Up
with the Joneses

Halloween 2016, and I was still
seeking  hoping against all odds
to discover just one truly sweet
comedy treat this year. Oh, happy
day  I finally found it! Truth
be told, they had me at "Hamm."

Boasting an attractive cast and touting a compelling storyline, Keeping Up with the Joneses piqued my interest immediately upon seeing the initial trailer last summer. In fact, with my hero, Jon Hamm, cast as one of the four leads, I made a mad rush to my local cineplex to see the film during its opening weekend. 

First of all, screw Rotten Tomatoes and their misguided reviews. This "largely laugh-free suburban spy adventure" is actually smart, well-written, well-cast and laugh-out-loud funny — from start to finish. 

Isla Fischer and Zach Galifianakis
deliver, as the snooping Gaffney's
in Keeping Up with the Joneses.
Jeff Gaffney (Zach Galifianakis) and his wife, Karen (Isla Fischer), are a typical suburban couple, leading typical suburban lives in a typical suburban community. That is, until their new neighbors, the dashing Tim Jones (Jon Hamm) and his exotic trophy wife, Natalie (Gal Gadot), move in next door. From there, suspicions are raised immediately as to whether or not the Joneses are who they claim to be — a successful writer and a renown chef, or perhaps secret agent spys. Action, laughs and intrigue ensue in Hangover-type fashion.

Gal Gadot and Jon Hamm are
cute as can be as the Joneses.
By today's lowbrow standards, the sexual content is minimal and the adult language, limited. The film simply delivers the old fashioned way — with a solid, entertaining story that doesn't get bogged down and with well-drawn, likable characters. In a day when so many films fail to deliver what the trailers promise, Keeping Up with the Joneses delivers — in spades.

-Christopher Long
(October 2016)

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