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Keeping Up With the Joneses

Keeping Up With the Joneses
Starring:
Zach Galifianakis, Jon Hamm, Isla Fisher and Gal Gadot


Rated: PG-13 for sexual content, action/violence and brief strong language.
Reviewed by: Matt  
Release date: October 21, 2016 Released by: Twentieth Century Fox

Keeping Up With The Joneses is a comedy film starring Zach Galifianakis, Isla Fisher, Jon Hamm and Gal Gadot.  The story focuses on Jeff Gaffney (Galifianakis) and his wife Karen (Fisher).  They live in an average suburban neighborhood when a new couple moves in.  Tim Jones (Hamm) and his wife Natalie (Gadot) seem to be the perfect couple and excel in everything they do which draws the skepticism of Karen.  However, the Joneses are drawn into an international espionage plot that is a little too close to home.

The first thing I noticed about this film are how well the two main couples interact with one another.  Galifianakis and Fisher play off each other very well which can also be said about Hamm and Gadot.  I found myself laughing at during many moments of the film, mostly due to the plain oddness of what was going on.  However, the biggest standout from the film was Gal Gadot herself.  I have only ever seen her in action films before and was curious to see how she would handle a comedy, and she did not disappoint.  As it turned out she was the highlight of the film. And her on screen chemistry with Jon Hamm made them the most interesting part of the film. 

Despite the fact I was laughing throughout the film I did have problems with some of the comedy in it.  There were many sequences throughout the film that relied on awkward moments and for the audience to find those moments funny.  However, most of them felt more cringeworthy then anything and really brought the film down.  The plot of the film was also severely lacking and extremely predictable which really disappointed me as I was expecting a little more from the film.

Overall, Keeping Up With The Joneses is a pretty enjoyable film if you don't mind a pretty run of the mill story.  The laughs can be found and the acting itself is good, especially from Gal Gadot.  

  Frank Chris Jim Dave Nina Matt Howard Jennifer Kathleen  Avg. 
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