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The Joneses (2009)

R | | Drama | 23 April 2010 (USA)
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A seemingly perfect family moves into a suburban neighborhood, but when it comes to the truth as to why they're living there, they don't exactly come clean with their neighbors.

Director:

Derrick Borte

Writers:

Randy T. Dinzler (story) (as Randy Dinzler), Derrick Borte
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Duchovny ... Steve Jones
Demi Moore ... Kate Jones
Amber Heard ... Jenn Jones
Benjamin Hollingsworth ... Mick Jones (as Ben Hollingsworth)
Gary Cole ... Larry Symonds
Glenne Headly ... Summer Symonds
Lauren Hutton ... KC
Chris Williams ... Billy
Christine Evangelista ... Naomi Madsen
Robert Pralgo ... Alex Bayner (as Rob Pralgo)
Tiffany Morgan ... Melanie Bayner
Joe Narciso ... Henry
Ric Reitz ... Bob Jones
L. Warren Young ... Detective Gardner
Hayes Mercure ... Tim Madsen
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Storyline

"The Joneses", a social commentary on our consumerist society. Perfect couple Steve and Kate Jones, and their gorgeous teen-aged children Jenn and Mick, are the envy of their posh, suburban neighborhood filled with McMansions and all the trappings of the upper middle class. Kate is the ultimate trend setter - beautiful, sexy, dressed head-to-toe in designer labels. Steve is the admired successful businessman who has it all: a gorgeous wife, big house and an endless supply of high-tech toys. Jenn and Mick rule their new school as they embody all that is hip and trendy - cool clothes, fast cars and the latest gadgets. But as the neighbors try to keep up with the Joneses, none are prepared for the truth about this all- too perfect family. Written by Publicist

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Some families are too good to be true See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexual content, teen drinking and drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 April 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor por contrato See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$509,689, 18 April 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,474,508, 11 July 2010
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

David Duchovny and Amber Heard previously worked together in a 2007 episode of Californication. See more »

Goofs

In the middle segment of the car crash, the film is reversed (the car spins the wrong direction). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Steve Jones: Man, this thing rides smooth!
Kate Jones: It's very nice.
Steve Jones: Yes, it's like riding on the ass of an angel. I mean, I wish I could have sold a crossover like this, I wouldn't have been able to keep them in stock.
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Crazy Credits

At the beginning of the end credits, the photos of several "icon families" are shown, popping out on a world map. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.27 (2010) See more »

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For a While
Written by Ramon Nova
Performed by Pacha Massive
Courtesy of Nacional Records
By arrangement with Sugaroo!
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Hope this "sleeper" finds an audience!
25 April 2010 | by TomSee all my reviews

It's not often you can sit down for a couple of hours of genuine entertainment and come away feeling like you've just learned a thing or two about life. Such is the deft, skillful balance achieved in "The Joneses." I won't mention a single plot point, because the less you know about this film -- other than it being an excellent film-going experience -- the more enjoyment you'll have in the theater.

It's a tribute to David Duchovny and Demi Moore that they apply their considerable skills to breathe real life into what could otherwise have been caricatures in the hands of less-talented actors. The little facial expressions, the subtle glances, the telling pauses, the body language... everything that makes film a medium of intense impact is used to tremendous effect, all expertly guided by the emerging artistry of director Derrick Borte.

It's almost impossible to be unconsciously sucked-in by these characters on the screen, in virtually the same way their celluloid neighbors are likewise seduced by everything about them. Yet, there's an underlying discord, an uncomfortable, inescapable tension that pervades the truly captivating plot and persists through genuinely amusing humor, signaling your gut that something is not quite right. It is only with the full unfolding of the plot that we come to realize just how profoundly twisted things are -- all the more disturbing because this fictional set piece is a shockingly true-to-life reflection of the world all around us.

It is genuine enlightenment to witness the choices made when the characters are ultimately forced to resolve the true issues they confront.


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