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Monday, October 24, 2016

Movie Review: Keeping Up With The Joneses


Gal Godot and Isla Fisher are two very beautiful women. Jon Hamm and Zach Galifianakis are one very beautiful man.

The four of them star in “Keeping Up With The Joneses.” Zach and Isla are Jeff and Karen, a human resources manager and an interior designer. Jon and Gal are their new neighbors, Tim and Natalie, a travel writer and a food blogger. Jeff bonds with Tim and develops a man crush, but Karen suspects they’re not what they say they are, and she’s right. They're spies, but who are they spying on?

I won’t give much away other than Hamm is at his funniest when he’s playing it completely straight, Galifiniakis plays his character much more pulled-in than his usual over-the-top scenery chewing, and Fisher and Godot are both really good, especially in a scene in the changing room of a lingerie store.

There’s also a well done car chase, a goofy bad guy played perfectly by Patton Oswalt, and solid supporting work by Matt Walsh and Kevin Dunn.

"Keeping Up With The Joneses" is nothing great, but it’s okay as escapist entertainment. I give it a 6 out of 10. And I won't be surprised when they make a sequel.