Yet another movie that’s exactly the same as all the other light actiony comedies out there. The perfect mixture between “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” and “Date Night”, was what I was expecting. I got exactly that, but was also very surprised with how much fun I had, and how well that mixture worked. It stars Zach Galifianakis and Isla Fisher as the Gaffneys, and Jon Hamm and Gal Gadot as the Joneses.
When a new gorgeous and passionate couple moves in next door, the Gaffneys can’t help but get curious. They barely arrived when Karen starts getting suspicious and decides to further investigate the newcomers, while Jeff is still trying to befriend them. As Karen’s suspicions turn out to be true, they end up getting involved in something completely dangerous and unexpected.
I watched a movie with Zach Galifianakis only a few days ago, the Masterminds, and he amazed me with how comfortable he looked even when doing the most weird scenes I’d ever seen. His performance on that movie was great, and I can’t say any less from this one: He delivered big time. Jon Hamm was a great addition to the movie also, delivering a very convincing character that is the only one to have a noticeable growth on screen.
Gal Gadot and Isla Fisher also did a good job, but the guys in this case definitely stole the scenes, even though the story really did both of them right, portraying the two women as very independent people, being Natalie Jones very strong and courageous and Karen as smart and decided. Score for the writer Michael LeSieur. Well done!
At the end of the day I enjoyed the movie a lot, even though it’s just an enormous sequence of clichês and predictable twists, the performances made me laugh a lot, and the time went by really fast. It’s always good to leave the theater feeling lighter, and that’s exactly how Keeping Up with The Joneses made me feel. I’d recommend it to anyone who enjoys a lighter type of comedy.
I’m giving this move a 65 score. You don’t have to watch it on the movie theater if you don’t really feel like it, but I’d encourage you to look it up when it’s available on Netflix. It’ll do just fine as a time killer on a sunday afternoon.