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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.

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 all of the coolest gizmos and gadgets that money can buy. It isn't long before the Joneses have struck up a friendship with their next-door neighbors Larry (Gary Cole) and Summer (Glenne Headly), and become integral components of their community. But take a closer look at the situation and you'll start to see something ominous lurking just beneath the surface. It's only when the Joneses are confronted with an unexpected disaster that they finally discover who they really are beneath the glossy veneer of consumerism. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
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
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David Duchovny
as Steve Jones
Demi Moore
as Kate Jones
Amber Heard
as Jenn Jones
Gary Cole
as Larry
Ric Reitz
as Bob Jones
Robert Pralgo
as Alex Bayner
Tiffany Morgan
as Melanie Bayner
L. Warren Young
as Det. Gardner
Jason Horgan
as Mr. Stallings
Hayes Mercure
as Tim Madsen
Kim Wall
as Bethany
Ric Reitz
as Bob Jones
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News & Interviews for The Joneses

Critic Reviews for The Joneses

All Critics (124) | Top Critics (34)

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

Full Review… | April 12, 2011
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

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 (UK)

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.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

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

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UUd Irawan Yudha Ariyanto

Super Reviewer


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.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

The Joneses Quotes

Kate Jones: What was that?
Steve Jones: Just applying myself.
– Submitted by Chris P (5 years ago)
Steve Jones: Geez, I should say "icon" more often.
– Submitted by Chris P (5 years ago)

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