“Keeping Up With the Joneses”

A Look at the Movies

Rated PG-13

1 hour 40 minutes

Jon Hamm, Zach Galifianakis, Isla Fisher, Gal Godat

Suburbia’s supposedly the place where social climbers stay up late dreaming up schemes just to “Keep up with the Joneses”.

Just the idea of goofy Zach Galifianakis hob nobbing with suave and sophisticated Jon Hamm sounds bizarre, if not altogether suspicious. Which should have made “Keeping up with the Joneses” much more amusing than the picture really is.

What could a super couple like Hamm and Israeli actress Gal Gadot possibly see in these simpletons, unless there’s an ulterior motive lurking somewhere.

They’re condescending to the point of personal insult. It’s not ten minutes into the movie that you get the gist. Unfortunately for the film’s credibility, Isla Fisher is just too sharp be convincing as Galifianakis’s scatterbrain wife. It’s quickly apparent the Joneses aren’t quite the suburbanites they pretend to be. And once they satisfy you’re suspicions, the plot really has no other place to go.

Secret agents in suburbia provides one of two amusing moments before the plot plunges into a poor man’s James Bond adventure. It’s clear the sole source of humor is having Galifianakis and Fisher failing miserably trying to keep up with these bogus Joneses. How much you enjoy “Keeping up with the Joneses” depends on how forgiving you are for the lame storyline.

When you’ve seen this plot as many times as I have, my forgiveness extends no further than 2 stars.er.