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  • Summary: The Joneses are rich, beautiful and seem to be the perfect family. There's only one slight problem. They’re not actually a family, but a team of stealth marketers which moves into upscale communities in order to hook the neighbors on all its wonderful toys. Try to keep up. (Roadside Attractions)
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
  1. 83
    The Joneses turns out to be a smart little comedy that tosses some sharp little darts at our consumer-driven culture.
  2. Before it gives itself a chance to deliver on that promise, however, it morphs into something different -- something often resembling a soap opera, just with prettier sets and less-passionate smooching.
  3. A sharp sendup of suburban conformity and American materialism, The Joneses does burn through its credit by the end. But it's flashy enough to catch our eye, and keep our interest nearly all the way through.
  4. Reviewed by: Michael Ordona
    60
    The ending feels a bit rushed and incongruous, but the film never leaves behind the humanity of its characters.
  5. What could have been a biting black comedy taking product placement to the logical extreme instead is so obviously predictable that even a savvy cast led by David Duchovny and Demi Moore can't sell it.
  6. An overobvious and underwhelming satire about American consumerism run amok.
  7. 38
    Slick as a pig and reeking of phony sympathy for recession-wracked consumers, The Joneses is a black comedy about stealth marketing made by a filmmaker who's evidently much too close to the subject to bite the hand that feeds him.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Apr 16, 2011
    10
    If you liked Last Chance Harvey,you'll love The Joneses. It has that same dramdy touch that Last Chance Harvey does. It's one of Demi Moore's best movies. Don't miss it. Expand
  2. DarrenY
    Apr 18, 2010
    9
    So on the one hand, it had somewhat one-dimensional characters, and there's a point in the movie where I felt that the plot became predictable. But on the other hand, I thought that the satire in this movie was so sharp and biting that I'll be remembering the message of this movie for a long time. I really enjoyed the meta-commentary inherent in the concept of the movie. And I can see that Hollywood would be afraid of further characterization (I would have enjoyed perhaps another hour of exploring the different facets of the main characters) at the risk of turning away mainstream viewers more interested in a popcorn flick than a deep movie. Summary: If you enjoyed the Truman Show, and Thank You For Smoking, I bet you'll enjoy this (admittedly flawed) parable of modern consumerism. Expand
  3. Aug 24, 2012
    7
    This was a surprisingly enjoyable film. I had never heard of the film before I saw it on TV but the premise intrigued me so I took a chance. Mulder acted extremely well, Amber Heard probably gave her best performance and as per usual Gary Cole was phenomenal. The storyline was fantastic and had it been paced ever so slightly quicker I think I would have given this a 9. I felt it waned ever so slightly in the middle. Still, more than worth a view and I would definitely recommend it! Collapse
  4. ChadS
    Apr 18, 2010
    6
    As the ongoing scandals at Goldman/Sachs and AIG continue to unravel with more shocking revelations about the unmitigated greed of those unconscionable go-getters, the last thing that the moviegoing public needs is a satire about capitalism without bite. And even worse, a satire that stops being satirical. Imagine a "Network"(the great Sidney Lumet film about the dumbing down of journalism), in which Howard Beale(Peter Finch) isn't gunned down because Diana Christensen(Faye Dunaway) suddenly had a change of heart? It's because the screenplay by Paddy Chayefsky followed through with its convictions that the 1976 film is considered to be a classic, instead of a near-miss. Like any great satirical movie, "Network", and even Peter Weir's "The Truman Show", went a little over-the-top to make its topical point resonate with the moviegoer. What "The Joneses" lack is a killer instinct. It's perfectly acceptable for Steve(David Duchovny) and Kate(Demi Moore) to have the obligatory vulnerable moment or two, but as push comes to shove, at the end of the day, their quest for the almighty dollar is supposed to win out. Due to our current economic landscape, where corporations take out life insurance policies on its workforce, in the aftermath of a neighborhood tragedy, "The Joneses" fails to acknowledge that death is a industry. The marketers should be unveiling their line of high-end coffins, but instead of going for the kill, the satire goes flaccid with Steve's mawkish "mea culpa". While Christof(Ed Harris) of "The Truman Show" deals with his disobedient reality TV star accordingly, KC(Lauren Hutton) disappoints the moviegoer by being feminine and nurturing when she should be at her most angriest. Expand
  5. Jun 6, 2011
    6
    David Duchovny is excellent in this movie. Its a good movie but I cant help feeling that the studios saw a movie that was too dark ( which it scratched towards the latter part of the movie ) and polished it off. The result has changed what could have been a dark movie into an enjoyable Sunday afternoon movie. The ending kills off any notion of it being alternative. I liked it, just felt that there was something else there which was unfortunately sidelined. Expand
  6. Aug 22, 2010
    6
    La premisa de la opera prima del exdirector de comerciales Derrick Borte es interesante -una familia falsa se muda a unos suburbios pudientes de Estados Unidos para provocar la envidia consumista de los vecinos- pero su realización es timorata e inconsecuente. Lástima por el reparto, encabezado por Demi Moore y David Duchovny. Expand
  7. Feb 4, 2013
    5
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The Joneses, or how to come up with a great idea and be unable to do anything with it. Why? Lazy writing. What started out to be a great satire, dark and cynical, turns out to be a soft romantic comedy in between Duchovny and Moore, with all the other characters being solely here as extras (what was the point of the son's coming out again?!?!??! And the daughter's love story with a married guy?!?!?). And once again, Hollywood couldn't help but make a cheesy happy ending with the two ending together, and the movie ends on a let's-not-piss-our-audience-off-this-is-entertainment-goddam-it note, that clearly states that over consumption and credit card debt should in no way be blamed on irresponsible consumers behavior (let's not insult our audience please) but only on those mean and evil marketing guys who mess up with our brains and make us wanna get always more stuff. The film almost feels as if Derrick Borte started writing it with pure intentions and then some advertising executive stormed into his office and made him write the second and third act of the script with a gun to his head. Expand

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