The spy game meets suburban life in the new comedy Keeping Up with the Jones starring Zach Galifianakis and Isla Fisher as a married couple living a boring life until two undercover spies played by Jon Hamm and Gal Gadot move in next door. Typical hijinks ensue as the normal couple get thrown into a criminal conspiracy involving the agents next door and the company Jeff works for. If this sounds similar to other films like Mr.and Mrs. Smith, SPY or most recently Central Intelligence; you would be correct. The only difference is those films were way better than the unfunny mess that is Keeping Up with the Joneses.
Keeping Up with the Jones’ roster on paper seems like a winner with funny man Zach Galifianakis, Emmy Winner Jon Hamm, the adorable Isla Fisher and Wonder Woman herself Gal Gadot completing the cul-de-sac crew. Most of the cast has proved themselves before in other work, but there’s nothing they can do with the generic jokes provided that fall completely flat. The married couple that would rather watch TV than make love, the nosey housewife and action pratfalls like jumping through glass windows are all formulaic comedy gags with nothing original about the attempt at humor. At times you can actually see the disappointment in some of the cast’s face when they have to deliver lines they know won’t even cause a giggle in the audience.
Besides the been there, done that feeling and the poorly written jokes in Keeping Up with the Jones, Gal Gadot stands out and not in the good way playing sultry spy Natalie. Gadot may deliver the sex appeal as the Bond Girl like assassin, but she is stiff as a board trying to deliver her lines or even worse attempting to make a joke. There’s a lot of things that go wrong in Keeping Up with the Joneses, but there’s no denying the down right bad acting from Gadot who seems to be reading her lines from a cue card off-screen. Gadot’s performance should have every DC Comics fan concerned when it comes to her carrying a solo Wonder Woman film on her own next year. Keeping Up with the Joneses had potential, but flounders in the worst possible way misusing its cast and keeping the laughs to a bare minimum.
Overall, I give Keeping Up with the Jones 1 out of 4 stars.
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