Film Review: No Need to Bother ‘Keeping Up with the Joneses’

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CHICAGO – “Keeping Up With The Joneses” illustrates how hard it really is to make a funny action comedy. After watching this, I have begun to think that the ones that work are something of anomaly – more often than not they’re like this. An amiable but aimless project that can’t quite grasp what it wants to be and doesn’t have the vision or the laughs to sustain itself.

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Rating: 2.0/5.0

The film’s inspirations begin and sadly end with the casting. I have no problem with Zach Galifianakis and Isla Fisher as a domesticated suburban couple who have settled into boring routine. With the kids away at summer camp, they finally have some time to themselves. But all visions of out of control lovemaking are dismissed in a single montage by fears and worry. So they settle in to watch the Good Wife instead, but they’re intrigued and a little wary of the new neighbors. Jon Hamm and Gal Gadot are all you could want as the suspiciously accomplished couple who just moved in next door. But “Keeping Up With The Joneses” unfortunately wastes the considerable talents of everyone involved.

”Keeping Up with the Joneses” opened everywhere on October 21st. Featuring Zach Galifianakis, Isla Fisher, Jon Hamm, Gal Gadot, Patton Oswalt, Matt Walsh, Maribeth Monroe, Michael Liu and Kevin Dunn. Screenplay by Michael LeSieur. Directed by Greg Mottola. Rated “PG-13”

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Isla Fisher and Zach Galifianakis in ‘Keeping Up with the Joneses’
Photo credit: 20th Century Fox

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