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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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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

Real Housewife Kim Zolzeiak is at the party the Joneses hold. See more »

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At the end of the movie, Steve is walking down a road, the cars passing him are on the wrong side - they come over the hill on the wrong side of the road. 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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At the beginning of the end credits, the photos of several "icon families" are shown, popping out on a world map. See more »


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Written by Patrick Prouty
Performed by Patrick Prouty
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The Joneses: Inconsistently Influencing Others By Living the American Dream
27 October 2010 | by PopcornJurySee all my reviews

The Joneses is a great mediocre movie. The idea is interesting, the cast is credible, and the film itself is totally worthwhile, but overall, it falls short in delivering what could've been a great capturing of our current culture and the way we behave as consumers.

Being in advertising, I know first hand the power of influence. Clients pay credible sources to promote a product, and product sales go up. It's a pretty simple math equation. With the advent of the Internet, bloggers, and social media, we're now seeing firsthand that consumers no longer rely on advertisements to change their behaviors, they rely on their communities. The Joneses takes this simple concept just one step further. They are a perfect family, paid to promote a lifestyle.

On paper, the Joneses are living the dream. A beautiful family with David Duchovny playing husband, Demi Moore playing wife, and two kids played by equally as attractive individuals that have everything they want and more. The twist? Everything they own, from their house to their hour de' vours, were paid for in return for a selfless promotion and subtle push of a product. With each family member responsible for a certain percentage of sales, we see dad commandeering the sale of golf clubs, brother slanging new products from Sony, sister making waves in makeup sales, and mom showcasing her newest line of shoes. It's all fake, but it works. They are living the dream, and everyone around them wants a piece of the action.

The film quickly takes a slight turn for the worse when the Joneses realize, despite all the glitz and glamor, that they really aren't so happy after all. They alienate friends, have no real family, and influence those around them to spend so much money to attain something less substantial than they already have. A few emotional scenes after another lead to the final moments of the film that prove rewarding, but at the same time, less spectacular than what was expected from such a promising premise.

All in all, the Joneses brought something new to the table, but in a way that didn't resonate too well with me or most individuals that saw it. It's a great mediocre movie, but I'm typically now in the mood to recommend mediocre regardless of how good it is. The Joneses gets two stars, I wouldn't work to hard to promote it, but in the end I'll say that it's a semi-pleasant product.

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Michael Buffa-Editor, Popcorn Jury


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