The Joneses (2010)
Critic Consensus: It doesn't pursue its subversive premise as far as it should, but The Joneses benefits from its timely satire of consumer culture -- as well as a pair of strong performances from David Duchovny and Demi Moore.
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as Steve Jones
as Kate Jones
as Jenn Jones
as Mick Jones
as Bob Jones
as Alex Bayner
as Melanie Bayner
as Det. Gardner
as Mr. Stallings
as Maitre d'
as Tim Madsen
as Guy 1
as Guy 2
as Guy 3
as Mary Beth
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Critic Reviews for The Joneses
The Joneses starts with a great pitch but ultimately fails to close the deal.
Borte, directing his first film, does a smooth, confident job, so that even though the set-up isn't quite plausible you're happy to go along with it.
Exceptionally thoughtful, not only in terms of consumerism, but when considering the value of compassion as well. Worth your hard earned money, no strings attached.
This cautionary tale depicts consumers who believe they deserve stuff, whether or not they can pay for it. Rarely is this kind of truth seen onscreen in such a subtle and entertaining film.
Here is a smart, entertaining satire on greed and materialism among America's leisured classes.
Audience Reviews for The Joneses
Nice cast. Great pitch. But fail to close the deal.
Interesting idea for a film - definitely has something to say about consumerism which most of us get sucked into, but taken to an extreme. Despite the topic, it is easy, pleasant viewing. I liked it more than I expected to. Demi's plastic face is mildly distracting, and I think I would have liked it more if someone (anyone!) else had played the part, but she was passable. David Duchovny is also getting less believable as a hunk, but at least he still looks like himself. Good acting, also from the teen cast. Worth a look.
Kate Jones: What was that? Steve Jones: Just applying myself. "Can you keep up?" For me, The Joneses was two completely different movies. The first 45 minutes which was cool and original. And the last 45 minutes which was predictable, formulaic and melodramatic. After the first half of this movie I was totally in love with it. The idea is great and the casting is perfect. You couldn't pick four better people to play a "perfect family." They look the part and they sure act it. But that initial love I had for the film totally evaporates in the end. I can't say that I liked the movie, but I can't say I disliked it either. I'm leaning more towards the liked it side though, because I did love the set-up. In the end it turns out to be nothing more then a standard romantic comedy, which really caught me off guard. The romantic aspect of this film is really badly done. I really didn't even realize that it was happening. The filmmaker gives it like 10 minutes in film and it all seems very rushed. Then there are the kids which also turn out to be two big cliches. And two perfectly casted cliches at that. Amber Heard has to be one of the hottest actress's around. She isn't a great actress, but she isn't horrible either and looks help her performances go down a little easier too. God, I really wish the film would have went a different route. I thought for sure after the first half I would be giving this movie no less then 4 and a half stars and now after finishing it I'm giving it a soft 3. I still think it was a worth while movie to watch though. It was fun while it lasted I guess.