Keep­ing up with the Jone­ses

Malta Independent - - CINEMA -

An or­di­nary sub­ur­ban cou­ple (Zach Gal­i­fi­anakis, Isla Fisher) dis­cover it’s not easy keep­ing up with their im­pos­si­bly gor­geous and ul­tra-so­phis­ti­cated new neigh­bors, the Jone­ses (Jon Hamm, Gal Gadot) – es­pe­cially when they dis­cover that Mr and Mrs “Jones” are re­ally covert op­er­a­tives.

For the first time in 11 years, Jeff and Karen Gaffney find them­selves fac­ing a chal­lenge that all par­ents even­tu­ally face: the empty next. With their kids away for the first time at sum­mer camp, the Gaffneys hope to spend some qual­ity alone-time and reignite the ro­man­tic fire that has started to flicker. This proves eas­ier said than done when Karen’s imag­i­na­tion is dis­tracted by the sud­den ar­rival of new neigh­bors on the cul-de-sac: The Jone­ses, whose stun­ning looks are only matched by the worldly so­phis­ti­ca­tion of their lives. Tim Jones is an ac­com­plished travel writer whose hob- bies in­clude blow­ing his own glass sculp­tures, and his wife Na- talie is so­cial me­dia con­sul­tant, cook­ing blog­ger, and hero­ine to the plight of Sri Lankan or­phans. As Karen asks, “Why would peo­ple this at­trac­tive and ac­com­plished ever want to live here?”

De­spite Karen’s ini­tial mis­giv­ings, Jeff sees in Tim the coolest best friend he could only dream of hav­ing – while Karen, too, is soon se­duced in Natalie’s glam­orous and sexy ap­proach to sub­ur­ban life. But as soon as the friend­ship seems to be ce­mented, The Gaffneys find them­selves in the cen­ter of a storm of in­ter­na­tional es­pi­onage that will give them a breath­tak­ing glimpse of life “out­side the cul de sac” — and will show both cou­ples what “being a good neigh­bor” re­ally means.

Clas­si­fi­ca­tion 12A

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