Keeping Up with the Joneses

Published February 17, 2017

Keeping Up with the Joneses

Film info

  • Title Keeping Up with the Joneses
  • Director Greg Mottola
  • Year 2016
  • Run time 1hr 45m
  • Genres Action, Comedy
  • Tagline They lived a normal life... until the Joneses moved in

An ordinary suburban couple finds it’s not easy keeping up with the Joneses - their seemingly perfect new neighbors - especially when they discover Mr. and Mrs. 'Jones' are covert spies embroiled in international espionage.

Live blog

Time Comment
1:18 Ugh, those Keep Calm posters.
4:59 Just Dance is a great use of an empty house.
8:54 First rule of trust exercise - define the destination.
12:01 Is giving neighbours presents a thing? Not sure I would ever think of doing that.
13:25 Junetober fest makes no sense but I love it.
16:40 “Maybe I should show you how to throw like a girl.” YES!
22:04 I feel like Tim Jones woulnd’t be an easily searchable name, though.
23:21 There are home brewing shops?
27:14 “I’d probably just get in trouble from Corporate.”
35:49 Unique way of cracking walnuts.
41:53 Couldn’t you show the police the bug?
43:06 Power walking makes you look so weird.
43:44 “Never judge a woman by her spice rack.”
54:12 The comma is important. “This is my wife, Karl.”
56:01 “Get in the car and I will explain everything… mostly.”
1:05:21 Zach always seems to end up being the needy one who wants friends.
1:06:55 I forgot about the explosion!
1:12:07 Zach and Isla are tiny compared to the spies.
1:14:13 The British teeth thing bugs me. Natural teeth, thank you.
1:26:31 The boss!
1:29:11 APPLE WATCH. Spies wear Apple Watches.


Blatantly just Mr & Mrs Smith with the comedy ramped up, it took me a while to warm up to this film but when I did, I couldn’t stop laughing. It got off to a slow start and I think the key was to get the two couples working together in the limited way that they could - that’s where the comedy really started happening. I could have done with slightly less of no one believing Isla, and definitely less of the whole snake restaurant business.

Most of the reviews are pretty bad, but I thought it was quite good. It was a pretty tame role for Zach but it was a great cast, and they worked together well after an intentionally frosty start.

Rating: 4/5

Rating: 4 / 5

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