Thanks to 20th Century Fox we had the chance to see ‘Keeping up with the Joneses’ before its Australian cinematic release. This is our review of the film, but – as usual – no matter what we say, we recommend that you still go to your local cinema and see the film because there is no better critic than yourself!
Suburban couple Jeff Gaffney (Zach Galifianakis) and wife Karen (Isla Fisher) are child-free for the summer. With nothing much else to do, Karen starts to pay attention to the new neighbours and the fact that there’s something odd about them begins to get under her skin.
The Joneses (Jon Hamm and Gal Gadot) are the perfect couple: attractive, affectionate with each other, and holding down amazing jobs. However, their cover doesn’t fool Karen and Jeff who, after sneaking into their home, quickly discover that they are undercover spies.
The film is another spy comedy along the lines of ‘True Lies’ (1994), ‘Mr and Mrs Smith’ (2005) and the forgettable ‘Killers’ (2010). However ‘Keeping up with The Joneses’ doesn’t bring anything new to the genre and is pretty much bland and predictable.
‘Keeping up with the Joneses’ is directed by Greg Mottola (Superbad) but Mike LeSieur’s terrible and forgettable script about a topic that’s been done to death is just a disaster.
The movie has plenty of awkward sequences, including male bonding in a clandestine snake-themed restaurant, many unnecessary human resources scenes and a lingerie sequence with the girls, where Wonder Woman shows off her amazing physique. Comedy-wise, though, there are a few chuckles, but nothing memorable. Furthermore, the action scenes are moderately amusing, while the couples look for the head of Scorpion played by Patton Oswalt.
Overall, ‘Keeping up with the Joneses’ is not worth keeping up with. This is a forgettable film that will only be remembered as the film in which Zack Galifianakis was not weird enough.
‘Keeping up with the Joneses’ is showing in cinemas now