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A movie sans agenda and advocacy

‘Keeping Up With The Joneses’ is less of an action film and more of a comedy, at times almost slapstick.

Zach Galifianakis and Isla Fisher in 'Keeping Up With The Joneses' (2016.mb.com.ph)

Zach Galifianakis and Isla Fisher in ‘Keeping Up With The Joneses’

MOVIE REVIEW:

The movie “Keeping Up With The Joneses” is about a married couple (played by Zach Galifianakis and Isla Fisher) living in a picture-perfect little cul-de-sac in this pristine little town. The story picks up with the arrival of the newcomers across the street, the Joneses, who somehow are even more perfect and flawless then everyone else.

Anyone familiar with the idiom would think they know what happens next – until the protagonists end up getting involved in the shady world of espionage and covert operations.

There are several stand-out moments in this movie, and one of them will leave you with a different view of authentic Asian restaurants. You’ll see what I mean once you reach the scene with the little hole-in-the wall specialty eatery.

The surprise in the film is the relationship between Galifianakis’ and Hamm’s characters. There’s a fun man-crush, budding-buddy dynamic that really comes out of nowhere and adds something different to the mix.

Alas, the same can’t be said for the women. Their interactions in the movie are unremarkable except for a little scene in a department store, which will mostly be remembered by the males in the audience.

You can’t avoid comparing this movie to “Mr. And Mrs. Smith,” both having a common premise, although each one has a very different feel. The Joneses is less of an action film and much more of a comedy, at times almost slapstick (though having said that, the car chase was pretty well choreographed and executed for a film that’s mainly supposed to make you laugh).

“Keeping Up With The Joneses” is one of those movies that you go to see when you don’t really want anything but to be entertained. There is no social or political commentary at all in this film. No message is being put across, no ideology advocated or anything of that sort.

It is what it is, which is good. Anything more would’ve harmed it.