Keeping Up With The Joneses ★★★

Keeping up with the Joneses is a story about a suburban couple that becomes embroiled in an international espionage plot when they discover that their seemingly perfect new neighbors are government spies.

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I watched this movie without any expectations but at least hoping that I will have a good laugh or two. Luckily for me, it didn’t disappoint. The movie gave the audience a lot of witty lines to laugh at and some slapstick humour that I think hasn’t been used in a Hollywood movie for the longest time.

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The characters were believable in their roles starting with Zach Galifianakis, most popularly known from the Hangover series and can I just mention, lost a lot of weight. He played the role of the unassuming Human Resources manager and the obnoxious husband pretty well. Isla Fisher on the other hand was also good in her character as the plain housewife who envies the hot new neighbor. Gal Gadot and Jon Hamm were of course good in their roles which was kind of expected from them.

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The story I thought at first was something recycled. I mean Gal and Jon looked liked Mr. and Mrs. Smith with all the spy theme and plot but I was wrong the whole time. Everytime I was expecting something to occur, a different thing happens so it was good, kudos to the writers. If you think the story is predictable, it’s not, the writers definitely brought something new to the table.

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Aside from the few scenes where there were no background music, I really enjoyed the soundtrack. They made it interesting and engaging for the audience to watch and follow. I believe there was no dull moment in the whole movie and aside from a few cuss words, I think it still can pass the PG rating.

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Overall, I think at the end what matters is if the movie made you laugh or not. Like with many other comedy films, Keeping Up With The Joneses somehow felt like an longer version of the trailer. The story was pretty simple but I believe what made this film bearable was the outstanding acting of everyone.

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It’s not totally funny but you’ll get quite a few chuckles and laughs here and there. There’s also a bit of action which was a nice addition to the film. I didn’t like the latter part of the movie but the charismatic and engaging characters turned this movie from simple to a wildly entertaining one. It’s not the kind of film that leaves a lasting impact but I still think you should give it a chance.

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