The Joneses (2010)

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Critic Consensus: 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.


Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: R (for language, some sexual content, teen drinking and drug use)
Genre: Drama, Kids & Family, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Derrick Borte
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 10, 2010
Box Office: $1.0M
Runtime:
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Cast


as Steve Jones

as Kate Jones

as Jenn Jones

as Larry

as Summer

as Bob Jones

as Alex Bayner

as Melanie Bayner

as Det. Gardner

as Mr. Stallings

as Tim Madsen

as Bethany
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Critic Reviews for The Joneses

All Critics (123) | Top Critics (33)

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

Full Review… | April 12, 2011
Newsday
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 1, 2012
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.

Full Review… | April 12, 2011
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.

Full Review… | April 12, 2011
Shadows on the Wall

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

Full Review… | April 12, 2011
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.

Full Review… | April 12, 2011
Independent

Audience Reviews for The Joneses

Nice cast. Great pitch. But fail to close the deal.

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UUd Irawan Yudha Ariyanto

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½

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.

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Nicki Marie

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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.

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Melvin White

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