Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Joneses

Directed (written, produced) by Derrick Borte, Echo Lake Productions, 2009. Starring Demi Moore, David Duchovny, Glenne Headly, and Cary Cole.

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Question: Are you ever jealous of what your next door neighbors have - like cars, clothes, jewelry? Yep, it is tough sometimes keeping up The Joneses these days.

The Joneses took an interesting approach to showcase how we Americans may feel the extreme need to own all things material - items, that is. So when I started watching the movie I was intrigued with the concept of a family hired to help promote sales on new items by just showing it off to their neighbors.

However, as the story continued and got to the heart of the tale, it lost me. Demi Moore and David Duchovny, the parents, were supposed to have chemistry between them but it fell flat for me. The children also had no depth to their characters. The story tried to have "more drama", but it seemed contrived. I am not sure but this felt more like a movie made for TV and not the big screen. Not to say anything is wrong with those movies but this one overall just didn't grab my attention too well.

I really started off liking the concept of the story and the cautionary tale of wanting too much stuff. Today, however, we kind of know that lesson - we learned it harshly in 2008 with the economy bust. I think this story would have done better either a few years ago or later when we are out of this mess.

So, if you want to see a fairly interesting story but not expect too much, then go ahead and watch The Joneses. It's not a complete waste of time.

My favorite thing: The initial idea of the story.

My least favorite thing: That their "job" might be true.

Did the previews ruin it by showing too much? I think I saw the preview on a rental and it didn't strike me in anyway as over telling it.

Rating: R
Length: 96 minutes

Review: 4 out of 10


HeatherB said...

When I was watching this, I kind of felt that the characters had no chemistry, like the storyline rushed a little too quickly into letting us know that they were not a "real family". We never got a chance to like any of them. And Demi was completely flat - nothing, just emotionless for the whole movie. 4 out of 10 is right, just because of the surprise ending with the neighbor.

Tired of Previews said...

Exactly!! Thanks for commenting Heather!

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BellaVida said...

I completely agree. I thought the idea was great but horribly executed.

God's Perfect Promises said...

I agree. And did they have to make the "daughter" slutty, going after the "dad"? My son picked this movie out, and I didn't have a lot of expectations, so wasn't disappointed. Wouldn't mind having that hour and half back though. =)