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Keeping Up with the Joneses (2016)

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A suburban couple becomes embroiled in an international espionage plot when they discover that their seemingly perfect new neighbors are government spies.

Director:

Greg Mottola

Writer:

Michael LeSieur
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zach Galifianakis ... Jeff Gaffney
Isla Fisher ... Karen Gaffney
Jon Hamm ... Tim Jones
Gal Gadot ... Natalie Jones
Patton Oswalt ... Scorpion
Ming Zhao ... Scorpion's Girlfriend
Matt Walsh ... Dan Craverston
Maribeth Monroe ... Meg Craverston
Michael Liu ... Yang
Kevin Dunn ... Carl Pronger
Dayo Abanikanda ... Cool Man
Henry Boston ... Patrick
Jack McQuaid ... Mikey
Bobby Lee ... Ricky Lu
Ying He Ying He ... Mrs. Lu
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A suburban couple becomes embroiled in an international espionage plot when they discover that their seemingly perfect new neighbors are government spies.

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Every couple needs a little action. See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content, action/violence and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hebrew | Mandarin

Release Date:

21 October 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Keeping Up with Jones See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,461,475, 23 October 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$14,896,798, 23 December 2016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$28,939,621, 26 December 2016
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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While the action is a key element of this movie, the film always puts comedy and romance front and center. During early screenings, screenwriter Michael LeSieur was gratified by the laughs and by "moments where you can feel the audience connecting emotionally with the movie. That's as satisfying as getting a big laugh, for sure." See more »

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In the basement scene, both the character's wristwatches and the wall clock show different times. See more »

Quotes

Natalie Jones: How could you not tell me you were feeling this way?
Tim Jones: Well, look... to be honest, you are not exactly the easiest woman in the world for a man to admit his fears to.
Natalie Jones: [stunned and angry] What? How can you say that to me? I'm compassionate and sensitive. You can say anything to me.
Natalie Jones: [in Hebrew] Tafsik lihiot kaze nekeva kol hazman!
[= stop acting like a pussy all the time!]
Tim Jones: Well, calling me a pussy in Hebrew is not helping things.
[...]
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Connections

References The Good Wife (2009) See more »

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SOFA ROCKERS (RICHARD DORFMEISTER REMIX)
Written by Wolfgang Frisch, Michael Holzgruber, Markus Kienzl and Wolfgang Schloegl (as Wolfgang Schoegl)
Performed by Sofa Surfers
Courtesy of klein records in association with !K7
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Average Affair with Some Big Laughs,
14 January 2017 | by lesleyharris30See all my reviews

Keeping Up with the Joneses is a good movie with a reasonably well developed plot and a fantastic comedic cast. The highlight of the film is certainly the connection and chemistry between the four main cast members, all of the individual relationships between Zach Galifanakis, Isla Fisher, Jon Hamm and Gal Gadot is what makes this movie watchable. They all have great comedic timing with one another, it was clear they had trust in each other.

I did feel the plot did not go as far as a viewer would expect a film about spies to go. The final act is very underwhelming, as we are expecting this big blow out, but it actually ends up being very straight forward and predictable, nothing shocking or truly exciting really occurs.

As well as that, it simply is not as funny as it should have been. I had higher hopes with a cast like this, I was expecting a laugh a minute sort of movie, but there are several scenes without a single good joke in there. The writing came across as somewhat lazy, as if they gave up halfway through.

It does show that a film that is verging on mediocrity can be saved simply by the sincere chemistry between its lead cast. While it is certainly flawed, Keeping up with the Joneses is still mindless fun, worth the watch if you are looking for a good comedy, but do not go out of your way to see it.

A suburban couple discover their new neighbours are undercover spies.

Best Performance: Jon Hamm


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