KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES (2016) Review
Directed by Greg Mottola
Put Isla Fisher (Confessions of a Shopaholic) and Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover Trilogy) with Jon Hamm (Mad Men) and Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) together, it’s a clash of comedy and action in one film. That’s what Keeping Up With The Joneses is. And while that may sound exciting, the film doesn’t have anything new to offer but it’s still entertaining, a decent pastime for the not so demanding audience.
Keeping Up With The Joneses follows the story of Karen and Jeff Gaffney, a suburban couple with ordinary and not so exciting lives having their free time when their children went on camping. New neighbors arrive, perfect as they may seem but they soon discover that, their too perfect neighbors aren’t who they say they were. Karen and Gaffney embark on an unexpected and dangerous adventure with their neighbors, the Joneses in an undercover assignment.
This might be Galifianakis’ funniest work since The Hangover Trilogy, and Fisher seem to be comfortable with her role, exchanging comedic lines with her co-stars. Hamm and Gadot’s machismo and mysterious roles are perfect for them, which makes Keeping Up With The Joneses a well-casted action comedy. But there’s nothing new to the story, nothing that will make you wow or remember its characters or story after watching the film. But the film is fun, everything it presents are all in the books, a passable action comedy film but also forgettable.
2.5 OUT OF 5 STARS
“Keeping Up With The Joneses” is now showing in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox. Rated PG by the MTRCB.