The Joneses (2010)
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.
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as Steve Jones
as Kate Jones
as Jenn Jones
as Mick Jones
as Alex Bayner
as Melanie Bayner
as Det. Gardner
as Mr. Stallings
as Maitre d'
as Tim Madsen
as Guy 1
as Guy 2
as Guy 3
as Mary Beth
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Critic Reviews for The Joneses
The Joneses starts with a great pitch but ultimately fails to close the deal.
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.
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.
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.
Dawn of the Dead made a savvier commentary on consumerism and materialism.
Audience Reviews for The Joneses
A great idea with a misguided execution. The characters are supposed to be professionals but it is a mystery how they got that job in the first place since they all do stupid things that could be so easily avoided - and the ridiculous third act pretty much ruins everything.
Nice cast. Great pitch. But fail to close the deal.
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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