Thursday, August 10, 2017

Keeping Up With The Joneses 2016

     Jeff and Karen Gaffney are a married suburban couple with a son and a daughter.  The kids go to a summer camp and their parents finally have some alone time.  A house on their street sells and the new owners are Tim and Natalie Jones.  Karen is suspicious of the couple because they don’t seem to be what they say they are?  They are impossibly glamorous, accomplished, traveled the world, done exciting things and now they are living here on this cul-de-sac?  Karen thinks they may be spies or something else along this line.  She follows Natalie and she sees her do a book drop-off.  She has the remote for their garage door and she goes with Jeff to see inside their house. 
     I thought this film was funny and there are a lot of stunts too. Motorcycles are chasing a car, they tear off the door, windows are broken and a is house blown up.  Zac and Jon have funny scenes in a Chinese restaurant with snake wine and a live snake on the table.  This film is somewhat like a lightweight and inexpensive James Bond or Jason Bourne takeoff.  3* (This movie is OK) 
105 min, Action directed by Greg Mottola with Zach Galifianakis, Isla Fisher, Jon Hamm, Gal Gadot, Patton Oswalt, Ming Zhao, Matt Walsh, Maribeth Monroe, Michael Liu, Kevin Dunn Dayo Abanikanda, Henry Boston.

Note:  Imdb 5.8 out of 10, Roger Ebert 2*, 19% critic 38% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Amazon Video 3.8* out of 5* with 592 reviews, Metacritic 34 out of 100 with 31 critics 5.8 out of 10 with 61 reviews.
Special Note:  Filmed in Atlanta, Decatur, Forest Park and Peachtree City, Georgia; Raeford, North Carolina.  Zach Galifianakis and Jon Hamm are old friends.  Isla Fisher said Jon Hamm can smash something with his elbow while kicking in a door and pulling out a gun!!  The location of the two houses was a larger than average cul-de-sac in northwest Atlanta.  Gal Gadot is from Israel but in the film she says she is Greek.  This film was expected to do a lot better with budget of $40 million and the gross was a total of $29.9 million for a loss.

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