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Keeping Up with the Joneses Movie Review

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It’s a busy time for movies, but now up is Keeping Up with the Joneses. I actually did kind of like the trailer for this movie. I like Zach Galifianakis, Isla Fisher, and Jon Hamm, and I want to see as much from Gal Gadot as possible because I think she has room to grow and really be great. Other than that, I wasn’t expecting this to be ground-breaking. I just wanted to be entertained for the time and get a few laughs out of it along the way. It had an interesting premise with a play on an old saying, and I thought that was a little bit clever, but other than that, I just wanted to laugh and be entertained. Let’s talk about it!

Keeping Up with the Joneses is directed by Greg Mottola and stars Zach Galifianakis, Isla Fisher, Tim Jones, and Gal Gadot. When Tim and Natalie Jones move in next to Jeff and Karen Gaffney, the typical suburban family life of the Gaffneys might be headed for change. This new couple next to them is a little bit too perfect. They’re good at everything, but they’re peculiar. They aren’t your average neighborhood family, and they’re very interested in David and his job. Why are they too good at everything and a bit strange? It’s up to David and Karen to find out.

First of all, I do like this cast. I like Zach Galifianakis because I think he’s a lovable goofball, and I like Isla Fisher because I tend to enjoy her movies. I also really liked Jon Hamm. I think he’s really charismatic, and he’s the guy who you try not to like because he’s definitely cool enough to steal your girlfriend, but he’s so dang likable that it’s okay. I also try to stay positive about Gal Gadot. I know that a lot of people don’t like her and hated that a relatively inexperienced actress was cast as Wonder Woman, but I thought that she killed it in Batman v. Superman as Wonder Woman. I’d like to be able to see her as Diana Prince more to make a final determination on how she portrays Wonder Woman’s alter ego, but for right now, between the Fast and Furious franchise and Batman v. Superman, I’m a fan. I think that was the best thing about this movie, for me. I did like the cast, and I thought everyone was likable. Galifianakis was a likable goofball again, and I thought he and Isla Fisher worked decently well together. I really liked the interaction between Galifianakis and Jon Hamm. Strangely enough, I thought they had good chemistry. Zach Galifianakis seems to be very good at creating chemistry, so it doesn’t shock me to see that in this movie. I have to say that even thought Keeping Up with the Joneses wasn’t as funny as I wanted it to be, I chuckled and smiled here and there. I liked the contradicting life styles, and it’s nothing we haven’t seen before, but I still enjoyed it.

This movie wasn’t as funny as I was hoping it would be. I thought a lot of the jokes fell flat, and so many of the conversations and awkward moments that need to work in comedies didn’t work. I thought that a lot of the jokes were almost too straightforward as compared to having a little bit of cleverness and subtlety to get a laugh. I did like the contradicting lifestyles, but by time it’s all said and done, the story is pretty ridiculous and feels kind of lazy. I mentioned that a lot of jokes fell flat because they weren’t subtle. The story suffered from the same thing. Instead of quietly leading into the next event, it basically tells you that it’s going in a certain direction. It was happening, and we were going to have to deal with it even though it didn’t make sense. In fact, I think that by the end of this movie, it’s one where you’re probably going to talk to your friends about how plenty of events are absolutely illogical even in a film setting. That’s just if you remember it long enough to discuss it with your friends. It’s so forgettable that you may even forget about it once you step foot out of the theater and wonder if you really saw a movie.

Overall, I think that Keeping Up with the Joneses has a few laughs here and there, and the cast is likable, but a lot of the jokes fall flat. It’s not very funny, and it isn’t subtle about it. I don’t fully know why this movie was made. I definitely don’t think it’s going to make its budget of $40 million back, and everyone who does see it won’t be talking about it because it’s going to fall through the cracks for anyone who isn’t a Zach Galifianakis filmography completist. It’s very forgettable and lazy, and as much as I wanted to enjoy this movie, I’m not going to remember it next week. I’m going to give Keeping Up with the Joneses a 4/10.

Are you going to check out Keeping Up with the Joneses? Comment down in the comment section and let me know what you thought of the movie! Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, Ouija: Origin of Evil, and Boo! A Madea Halloween are also out this weekend, so let me know if you’re going to be checking any of them out! I did post a review for Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, but I may not get a review out for Ouija: Origin of Evil or Boo! A Madea Halloween unless I get the chance to check them out this weekend. Next week I should have a brand new review for Inferno, then the following week I’ll have reviews for Doctor Strange, Hacksaw Ridge, and Trolls! As always, thank you, and keep listening to 88.7 The Pulse!

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Justin Lyons

Hey, it's Justin Lyons! I am the Chief Film Critic for The Pulse. Have any questions for me? Please feel free to email me at movies@pulseradio.fm