The Joneses Reviews
As a TV series, this would have been a massive hit. Desperate Housewives, meets Californication. Unfortunately, the idea is too big for the time-limitations of a film and I was left feeling like an unsatisfied lover - it was good while it was happening, but I needed more to be fulfilled and enraptured. That said, I'd go back for more - come on Hollywood, give it another go in series form - it'd run for 5 series.
This little gem flew way under the radar, which is unfortunate because it is a very unique and well made film with excellent performances, particularly from David Duchovny and Demi Moore. I'm especially impressed with Moore, who hasn't had a role this good in many years.
The film centers around a group of four people who pose as a loving and especially posh family. Their friends have no idea that the new residents are actually very skilled salespeople who's motive is to sell various products to them in keeping up with their stylish lifestyle. Duchovny's character is the newest salesman of the unit and goes from being the worst in the group to the best, but more and more questions why they do what they do.
This film is funny, touching, and is an interesting take on consumerism and material envy. It does suffer from a bit formulaic at times, but for a film that is mostly working with a very non-formulaic premise, that can largely be forgiven. Seriously, check this out on Netflix if you get the chance.
~August 21, 2016~
The film has received mixed to positive reviews. Review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes reports that 61% of critics gave the film a positive review based on 103 reviews, with an average score of 6.2/10
It premiered at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival on September 13, 2009. Roadside Attractions later purchased the United States theatrical distribution rights. It had a limited release on April 16, 2010 and was released on DVD & Blu-ray On August 10, 2010. It received a theatrical release in Mexico on August 20, 2010
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