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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Critic Reviews for The Joneses
The Joneses starts with a great pitch but ultimately fails to close the deal.
There's a nicely cynical streak at the heart of The Joneses, until Borte goes soft and lets the audience off the hook.
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.
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.
[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.
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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