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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.

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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 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, Rovi

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Cast

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
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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
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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.

Full Review… | April 21, 2010
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

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
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.

Full Review… | April 16, 2010
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
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
Associated Press
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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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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

UUd Irawan Yudha Ariyanto
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.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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