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.

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Time Comment
2:33 It’s all far too neat for moving day. Moving day = chaos.
3:53 New HTC. No specific name as they change so freakishly often.
6:32 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?
10:17 These men just spend their weekdays playing golf? No jobs?
10:46 Meanwhile, she’s getting a facial. Definitely no jobs.
16:09 Who needs three cars, really?
19:29 They’re good at what they do but a) how do they make money and b) what is this film actually about?
23:25 Why would she protect him? She doesn’t seem to like him very much.
25:24 It’s sneaky. I don’t like it.
26:54 “It was a Tuesday gift… just for being a Tuesday.” Take note!
29:20 I don’t understand how you move somewhere and get a cult following in two months. Especially at school.
31:33 How can their house be so tidy after a party?
36:44 If they could sell me anything it would be the mammoth fridge. Big fridges are lovely.
40:11 Talk about a public display of affection.
43:38 Now they are sharing brands? How does this business model work?
50:46 A year with a pretend husband seems like a long time.
53:12 There’s so much product placement in this film, where do you start?
54:41 Nice heels to play golf in.
56:36 Suddenly she is being nice to him when he can get her the icon status.
58:47 It’s suddenly taken a worrying turn. Drink driving?
1:03:37 Phew. Not too worrying a turn in the end.
1:05:22 Like any normal family, it’s all got a bit complicated.
1:06:51 That girl has no shame.
1:11:11 Aww, I like it when they’re all nice to each other.
1:12:39 Uh oh, finding out about the last husband. Always risky.
1:15:47 What is foreclosure? I’m guessing it means no money.
1:20:18 That is sad, but… that is quite an amazing way to go.
1:22:48 I do believe he may have gone rogue.
1:25:05 Of course she took the deal after he ruined her life. Hardly a fair “I told you so.”
1:26:39 He’s going to ruin another gig for her!
1:29:49 Damn, he almost got to keep the car.


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.

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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