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The Joneses

Published December 31, 2010

The Joneses

Film info

  • Title The Joneses
  • Director Derrick Borte
  • Year 2009
  • Run time 1hr 36m
  • Genres Comedy, Drama
  • Tagline They're not just living the American dream, they're selling it

A seemingly perfect family moves into a suburban neighbourhood but they don't explain why they made that choice to their new neighbours.

Background Info

I wasn’t 100% convinced by the trailer of this one, and was more intrigued by the thought of Demi Moore and the guy from the X Files acting opposite each other than by the story itself. Nevertheless, with lots of festive free time, and a relatively cheap rental, we settled down to keep up with the Joneses.

Live Blog

TimeComment
00:02:33 - It’s all far too neat for moving day. Moving day = chaos.
00:03:53 - New HTC. No specific name as they change so freakishly often.
00:06:32 - It must be weird pretending to be a happy family and having to be nice to everyone all the time. What are they even trying to sell?
00:10:17 - These men just spend their weekdays playing golf? No jobs?**
00:10:46 - Meanwhile, she’s getting a facial. Definitely no jobs.
00:16:09 - Who needs three cars, really?
00:19:29 - They’re good at what they do but a) how do they make money and b) what is this film actually about?
00:23:25 - Why would she protect him? She doesn’t seem to like him very much.
00:25:24 - It’s sneaky. I don’t like it.
00:26:54 - “It was a Tuesday gift… just for being a Tuesday.” Take note!
****00:29:20 - I don’t understand how you move somewhere and get a cult following in two months. Especially at school.
****00:31:33 **- How can their house be so tidy after a party?
**00:36:44 - If they could sell me anything it would be the mammoth fridge. Big fridges are lovely.
****00:40:11 - Talk about a public display of affection.
********00:43:38 - Now they are sharing brands? How does this business model work?
****00:50:46 **- A year with a pretend husband seems like a long time.
**00:53:12 **- There’s so much product placement in this film, where do you start?
**00:54:41 - Nice heels to play golf in.
****00:56:36 - Suddenly she is being nice to him when he can get her the icon status.
****00:58:47 **- It’s suddenly taken a worrying turn. Drink driving?
**01:03:37 - Phew. Not too worrying a turn in the end.
****01:05:22 **- Like any normal family, it’s all got a bit complicated.
**01:06:51 **- That girl has no shame.
**01:11:11 - Aww, I like it when they’re all nice to each other.
****01:12:39 **- Uh oh, finding out about the last husband. Always risky.
**01:15:47 **- What is foreclosure? I’m guessing it means no money.
**01:20:18 **- That is sad, but… that is quite an amazing way to go.
**01:22:48 **- I do believe he may have gone rogue.
**01:25:05 **- Of course she took the deal after he ruined her life. Hardly a fair “I told you so.”
**01:26:39 **- He’s going to ruin another gig for her!
**01:29:49 - Damn, he almost got to keep the car.
**

Conclusions

This was surprisingly good in the end, but it took a long time before it started making sense. The business model still remains a mystery, and for at least half the film I was pondering exactly where they were going with it all. Maybe that’s a good thing? It certainly wasn’t predictable. I enjoyed the fact that there was a romance element but it wasn’t mushy, and I would mark it higher if the premise actually made it a bit more sense.

Rating: 3/5

Rating: 3 / 5

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