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Keeping Up with the Joneses (2016)


6/10: Mr and Mrs Jones
Thursday, October 20, 2016

Greetings again from the darkness. Dozens of movies through the years make up the Spy Action-Comedy segment. Most of these lean heavily on either action (Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Red, Knight and Day) or comedy (Austin Powers, Get Smart, Date Night). The latest entry from director Greg Mottola and writer Michael LeSieur offers a more balanced approach while being somewhat grounded in familiar suburbia. Perfect casting certainly helps.Comedies are the toughest genre to review because the only thing that matters does it cause you to laugh? depends on the sense of humor of each viewer and even their frame of mind while watching. So what I can report is that the full theatre at my screening was filled with enthusiastic laughter multiple times, along with a pretty steady stream of chuckles and giggling. This will undoubtedly vary from the accounts of uppity film critics who will discount the basic plot and obvious laughs (which is the whole point...

6/10: The Second "comedy" this year without any comedy
Friday, October 28, 2016

Wow was this a disappointment. This movie reminds me of the extremely disappointing "Hail Ceasar", a great Cast, advertised as a comedy but utterly devoid of anything remotely funny. It is sort of like a horse race without any horses, a bar that does not serve alcohol, a basketball game where there is no basketball. Just some people standing around talking. The first scene telegraphs how this film is going. There is a meeting between Isla Fisher, Zach Galifanakis and their neighbors, Matt Walsh and Maribeth Monroe. Monroe talks about a number of euphemisms for making love. You could tell it was supposed to be funny and absolutely was not. At all. A portent of things to come. Fisher and Galifanakis play a boring couple who live in the suburbs. They are very boring. This is a change of character for Galifanakis, who usually plays a wild man, think "The Hangover" movies. Here is broadens his horizons; He plays very...

3/10: Just Another Dull Spy Movie
Sunday, November 6, 2016

I'm sort of sitting here at my computer scratching my head and trying to work out why I actually went out of my way to go and see this film. Okay, I'm not going to go as far as calling it rubbish (despite the fact that I gave it a rating of three, namely because I can't justify giving it any more), but the fact that I spent an hour walking to and from the cinema, twice mind you because the first time for some absolutely bizarre reason it was sold out, and it wasn't even opening night, just to see a movie of which upon watching the trailer at home on my computer I said to myself – this really doesn't look all that great – I still made the effort to go and see it.The film is basically a spy story, and nothing all that original at that either. I guess after watching five...

5/10: The first rule of being a spy is not to fall in love with your partner
Sunday, December 18, 2016

The Gaffneys' lives are interrupted by the arrival of new neighbours, whose stunning looks are matched only by the sophistication of their lives. Tim Jones is an accomplished travel writer, and his wife, Natalie, is a social media consultant, cooking blogger and heroine to Sri Lankan orphans. The Gaffneys soon find themselves in the centre of international espionage that gives them a glimpse of life outside their comfort zone.........Keeping Up With The Joneses is one of those comedies that offers absolutely nothing new to the genre of comedy, and basically borrows from films that are a lot better than this, and funnily enough, a lot worse.If this was made in the eighties, it would have starred Steve Martin and Shelly Long as the atypical suburban couple, and probably Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner as the titular couple, and it would have been an absolute smash, because it would have felt relatively fresh.Jump forward thirty years, and with...

1/10: One of this year's worst comedies
Thursday, October 20, 2016

There's nothing I hate more than a comedy movie that seems to be funny only in its trailers or previews but the movie itself, in its entirety, fails to crack you up in every possible way. Look, when you come in to watch a comedy, there's a certain expectation that you'd be laughing out loud, and so when that doesn't happen, it becomes a total waste of time. And that's KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES for ya!Zach Galifianakis and Isla Fisher play an ordinary suburban couple, the Gaffneys, whose lives are mundane. Their kids are out to summer camp and they have the whole house to themselves, but the can't even get themselves to go wild and have fun. Until the mysterious new neighbor moves in, The Joneses, played by Jon Hamm and Gal Gadot. They seem so sophisticated, so accomplished, so exciting and perfect and this whole thing attracts the Gaffneys,.. that...

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