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The Joneses (2010)

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62

Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 123
Fresh: 76 | Rotten: 47

It doesn't pursue its subversive premise as far as it should, but The Joneses benefits from its timely satire of consumer culture -- as well as a pair of strong performances from David Duchovny and Demi Moore.

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Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 16

It doesn't pursue its subversive premise as far as it should, but The Joneses benefits from its timely satire of consumer culture -- as well as a pair of strong performances from David Duchovny and Demi Moore.

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A picture-perfect family moves into an upscale community, impressing the locals and integrating themselves into every aspect of the community until a sudden tragedy forces them to reassess their priorities. Steve (David Duchovny) and Kate Jones (Demi Moore) have everything a happily married couple could ever want: their kids, Jenn (Amber Heard) and Mick (Ben Hollingsworth), are intelligent and attractive, they live in an affluent neighborhood, and their sprawling suburban home is jam-packed with

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Drama, Kids & Family, Comedy

Derrick Borte

Aug 10, 2010

$1.0M

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The Joneses starts with a great pitch but ultimately fails to close the deal.

April 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday
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There's a nicely cynical streak at the heart of The Joneses, until Borte goes soft and lets the audience off the hook.

April 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
Arizona Republic
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Mr. Borte conjures up a pleasant Stepford that runs less on robotic conformity than on endless, anxious competition. The key to the film is that it allows this life to have some real appeal.

April 19, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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A cheeky little commentary on modern consumption, The Joneses offers an uneasy balance between what's funny and what's not, staying just edgy enough to be uncomfortable while hitting its targets.

April 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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[Demi Moore is] She's one reason to see writer-director's Derrick Borte's zeitgeist fable The Joneses. Though she's not the only one.

April 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post
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It makes for good, although not great, satire of the consumer culture that helped wreck the economy.

April 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Associated Press
Associated Press
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As interesting as the message is with this film, it is equally as hypocritical of the movie industry to shake its finger at fads, trendsetters and materialistic nonsense.

August 1, 2012 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Even with decent turns from the leads, and a usefully soulful one from Gary Cole as a neighbor inclined to do the proverbial keeping up, the film can't always manage to justify itself as an actual movie instead of merely a clever concept.

April 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

A darkly comical satire about affluence might seem a bit ill-timed during a global recession. But a strong cast makes this film very watchable, even as it slips into melodrama.

April 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Dawn of the Dead made a savvier commentary on consumerism and materialism.

April 12, 2011 Full Review Source: KPBS.org
KPBS.org

Borte, directing his first film, does a smooth, confident job, so that even though the set-up isn't quite plausible you're happy to go along with it.

April 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

Think of it as an inverted Truman Show, with David Duchovny and Demi Moore as yuppified secret salesmen hawking an idealized suburban lifestyle while incognito.

April 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Way to kill that dark comedy you were going for.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

full review at Movies for the Masses

November 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

A missed opportunity from 2010 that could have been so timely and brilliant that it's almost painful to watch.

October 29, 2010 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm
LarsenOnFilm

Taken at surface level, The Joneses does succeed in presenting its attack on consumerism; and for that alone it sparks up talking points and will leave you to think about exactly why you bought the model of car or mobile phone you did.

August 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Future Movies UK

Plays it far too safe and ends up not saying anything at all.

August 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
Three Movie Buffs

Exceptionally thoughtful, not only in terms of consumerism, but when considering the value of compassion as well. Worth your hard earned money, no strings attached.

August 13, 2010 Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com
CinemaBlend.com

We know by now that blatant, senseless consumption is bad, harmful even. But the biggest surprise about The Joneses is its skillful avoidance of any meaning or significance whatsoever.

August 11, 2010 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

A fine, sneaky satire ... undercut by an awful ending, one that smells as if someone (a corporation perhaps?) got their hands on it.

May 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Florida Times-Union
Florida Times-Union

The film's fatal flaw is Borte's refusal to give his satire the darker, uncomfortable edge it needs to give his lesson some impact.

May 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Tri-City Herald
Tri-City Herald

This cautionary tale depicts consumers who believe they deserve stuff, whether or not they can pay for it. Rarely is this kind of truth seen onscreen in such a subtle and entertaining film.

May 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Christianity Today
Christianity Today

The Joneses is somewhat entertaining ... because of its deliciously clichéd suburban location ... good acting and creative premise.

April 30, 2010 Full Review Source: culturevulture.net
culturevulture.net

Every now and then a small, intelligent, quietly thought-provoking film slips through the Hollywood studios' net and prompts the thought, How did this ever get made?

April 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

It's a fine idea that could have made for a devastating critique of consumerism had Borte chosen to follow it through to a cynical, nihilistic conclusion.

April 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Total Film | Comment (1)
Total Film

Audience Reviews for The Joneses

Nice cast. Great pitch. But fail to close the deal.
May 12, 2013
Interesting idea for a film - definitely has something to say about consumerism which most of us get sucked into, but taken to an extreme. Despite the topic, it is easy, pleasant viewing. I liked it more than I expected to.
Demi's plastic face is mildly distracting, and I think I would have liked it more if someone (anyone!) else had played the part, but she was passable. David Duchovny is also getting less believable as a hunk, but at least he still looks like himself. Good acting, also from the teen cast. Worth a look.
March 19, 2012
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Kate Jones:  What was that? 
Steve Jones: Just applying myself. 

"Can you keep up?"

For me, The Joneses was two completely different movies. The first 45 minutes which was cool and original. And the last 45 minutes which was predictable, formulaic and melodramatic. After the first half  of this movie I was totally in love with it. The idea is great and the casting is perfect. You couldn't pick four better people to play a "perfect family." They look the part and they sure act it. But  that initial love I had for the film totally evaporates in the end.

I can't say that I liked the movie, but I can't say I disliked it either. I'm leaning more towards the liked it side though, because I did love the set-up. In the end it turns out to be nothing more then a standard romantic comedy,  which really caught me off guard. The romantic aspect of this film is really badly done. I really didn't even realize that it was happening. The filmmaker gives it like 10 minutes in film and it all seems very rushed. Then there are the kids which also turn out to be two big cliches. And two perfectly casted cliches at that. Amber Heard has to be one of the hottest actress's around. She isn't a great actress, but she isn't horrible either and looks help her performances go down a little easier too.

God, I really wish the film would have went a different route. I thought for sure after the first half I would be giving this movie no less then 4 and a half stars and now after finishing it I'm giving it a soft 3. I still think it was a worth while movie to watch though. It was fun while it lasted I guess.
August 3, 2011
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Melvin White

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A case story in how a killer idea and on-form cast come together to not quite work, this effort centres on a picture perfect "family" whose entire lives are a form of guerrilla marketing. By their attractive, high-gloss, perfectly dressed examples they become style leaders in their small town, sending sales of everything they touch skyrocketing - until their own relationships, and the relentless pressure of apparent perfection, sends them faltering. Both Demi Moore and David Duchovny remind us why they used to be huge, but while the attacks on consumer culture are largely effective, by portraying the "family's" employers in a cuddly rather than rapacious light, the drama is drained of tension and the satire deprived of teeth.
July 24, 2011
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Dean McKenna

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    1. Kate Jones: What was that?
    2. Steve Jones: Just applying myself.
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
    1. Steve Jones: Geez, I should say "icon" more often.
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
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