Keeping Up with the Joneses (2016)
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A relatively benign and predictable comedy, with a reasonable amount of laughs along the way. Of the four leads, Galifianakis is the least impressive, mostly due to what the script requires of him and what the audience expects of him. The film provides a good night out to the movies, but nothing more.
Pretty much what you expect.
I'm usually up for a spy comedy, but though Keeping Up with the Joneses has its moments, it's not a very good one. It coasts on its affable stars, but the script isn't particularly funny, and the one actor who should bring the laughs, Zach Galifianakis, mostly comes off as pathetic and boring. He's not a comic LEAD. Isla Fisher, I guess is the lead, but she's not given enough comedy to play, nor do I buy her as a true suburban contrast to the glamorous spies next door either. John Hamm and Gal Godot are oddly in the better position to make me smile as spies out of their element. If I have a sense of déjà vu, it's that this feels exactly like that episode of Chuck where Chuck and Sarah move to the suburbs to expose a spy ring. The characters are sort of switched around, but it's essentially like that. I love Chuck, but I expect more from a stand-alone movie than I do a TV show. And yet, but for the big name stars, this could be a TV pilot.
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