Keeping Up With the Joneses jumped out at me last night as I was searching for a movie on my movie server.The movie ultimately was chosen since it starred Zach Galifianakis and Isla Fisher both of whom I really like.
Zach Galifianakis Clone
As the movie started however, I became confused. I could have sworn that the cover art for the movie showed Zach Galifianakis, but 10 minutes in and so far I had not see him, just a guy that had a vague resemblance to him. Then it dawned on me, the guy that I assumed just looked like Zach was in fact Zach – he’s just lost tons of weight (about 50 pounds since he has stopped drinking – Congrats Zach). I had a good laugh about that for the next 20 minutes (which would be more laughs than I had during the movie), anyway onto the review.
Keeping Up With The Joneses Synopsis
For the first time in 11 years, Jeff and Karen Gaffney are facing an empty nest. With their kids away at summer camp, the Gaffneys hope to spend some quality time alone and reignite the romantic fire that has started to wane. Their plans are interrupted by the arrival of new neighbors, the Joneses, whose stunning looks are matched only by the worldly sophistication of their lives. Tim Jones is an accomplished travel writer whose hobbies include blowing glass, and his wife, Natalie, is a social media consultant, cooking blogger and heroine to Sri Lankan orphans. Jeff finds in Tim the coolest best friend he’s ever had and, despite her initial misgivings, Karen is quickly seduced by Natalie’s glamorous approach to suburban life. But the Gaffneys soon find themselves in the center of a storm of international espionage that gives them a breathtaking glimpse of life outside the cul-de-sac and shows both couples what being a good neighbor really means.
There are a handful of like-able parts within this movie; its just difficult to recall them as the movie started off great but quickly became a boring run of the mill fish out of water comedy.
Truely, the saving grace of the movie is its cast, which is top notch.
The handful of chase sequences are really well done – they provide a good mix of reality while keeping it light hearted. I just wish the movie would have set out to explore a bit more about this world instead of mediocre one presented. There simply isn’t enough existing story / plot to fill out a good movie.
The plot setup felt like it took a bit to long to play out – about 40 minutes into the 1 hour 45 minute movie and eventually the payout in the final scene with Patton Oswald as the Scorpion just weren’t enough.
My Favorite Part
As Jeff (Zach’s character) is escaping The Scorpion’s henchmen, the only avenue of escape is to jump through a high story window into the pool below. Jeff starts sprinting towards the window and take a daring leap, slamming into the window face first only to not have it break as it’s triple pane. I know not side splitting laughter but as I said above – the funny parts of this movie are hard to come by.
On a scale of 1 to 10: I’d give this movie a 5.6 – worth a rental, but cant see this movie being enjoyable to watch more than once.