I spy bor­ing ‘Jone­ses’

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINMENT - Damian Levy Con­trib­u­tor

A sub­ur­ban cou­ple gets to know more about their new neigh­bours in ‘Keep­ing Up with the Jone­ses’.

ZACH GAL­I­FI­ANAKIS can’t seem to catch a break these days. I haven’t seen Mas­ter­minds my­self, but from what I’m hear­ing, it’s not much bet­ter than the movie this re­view is fo­cused on, Keep­ing Up with the Jone­ses. Both fea­ture Zach play­ing ev­ery­day char­ac­ters who get thrust into a life of dan­ger­ous ad­ven­ture. This is the one where he dis­cov­ers that his neigh­bours are spies and helps them out with their spy­ing.

If you’re think­ing ‘Why would spies need Zach’s help? He’s re­ally not equipped for that kind of job’, you would be right – and the movie doesn’t seem to care. Many times, I was bur­dened by ques­tions like that, only for the movie to slap me across the face, pun­ish­ing me for dar­ing to take it so se­ri­ously. Silly me. Which, granted, is fair. It’s a com­edy with a wacky premise. It doesn’t ex­actly have to be grounded in re­al­ism if it’s funny. But it’s not funny. In fact, it’s re­ally dull. The main base of the hu­mour is com­par­ing the ho-hum life of soccer moms and dads to the devilishly ac­com­plished and at­trac­tive cou­ple of Gal Gadot and Jon Hamm as the Jone­ses’ new neigh­bours who move in to spy on Gal­i­fi­anakis and his fel­low co-work­ers.

Those jokes get old very fast.


So it’s not very be­liev­able and it’s not very funny. Are the char­ac­ters any good? Well, ac­tu­ally, that’s prob­a­bly the only thing the movie has go­ing for it. There’s a sense of who each char­ac­ter is and the cast does it’s best to bring that out. It’s just when the sit­u­a­tions they are in feel so il­log­i­cal and un­funny, it doesn’t re­ally mat­ter.

All in all, this movie is just sort of noth­ing. It’s not go­ing to make you an­gry that it ex­ists, but it’s not gonna make you happy ei­ther. It sim­ply oc­cu­pies space and time, but leaves no real ef­fect on you. A month from now, I’ll re­mem­ber it as that movie that came out a cou­ple years ago.

That’s how dis­tant it’ll be in my mind.

Rat­ing: Read A Book. Mer­mans

Mar­cia Grif­fiths


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