Keeping Up with the Joneses

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Keeping Up with the Joneses is what you would expect…. unless what you expected was a funny comedy/adventure.

Jeff (Zach Galifianakis) and Karen (Isla Fisher) were a boring married couple, with two kids, living on a homey cul-de-sac.  Everything seemed to be going dully for the Gaffneys until their new neighbors, Tim (John Hamm) and Natalie (Gal Gadot) Jones moved into the neighborhood.  The Joneses seemed too perfect and the triggered Karen’s radar.  She suspected that there was more to this new couple than met the eye.

And Karen was right.  Even after following Natalie to the lingerie shop, Karen had questions.  Meanwhile, Jeff and Tim were bonding over snake dinners and indoor skydiving.  That all changed when the Gaffneys discovered a bug planted by the Joneses, leading them to sneak into their neighbors’ house where they found the couple’s spy equipment.

This movie is about as unmemorable as you could imagine.  It is predictable and dumb, depending on the antics of Galifianakis and Fisher as the comedic couple for the film’s laughs.  The problem with that was there is not much that is funny here.  In fact, the biggest laugh in the trailer was not even included in the film.  The loud and over-the-top nature of Galifianakis and Fisher was not something that was entertaining to me.

Now, I will say that I liked the pair of John Hamm and Gal Gadot, their relationship and thoughts on their job being one of the more interesting storylines.  Both Hamm and Gadot are likeable actors and do a nice job here.  This did put my concerns over Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman at ease for now.  Gadot is an extremely attractive woman who has a definitive presence on screen.  I’m still not convinced that she has the acting chops to be Princess Diana, but she did nothing here to encourage that thought.

When not yelling, Galifianakis and Fisher are likeable enough.  I just found their characters too cartoony to be realistic.

There was nothing new or necessary about this film.  The cast was a strong point, but the story, the dialogue, the humor was really lacking.  There is nothing here that will make you like this film.

2.3 stars

 

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