It’s been a while since a suburban spy-com hit the big screen; from Fun With Dick and Jane to Mr & Mrs Smith, and Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl’s flop The Killers, now it’s time for Keeping Up With The Joneses.
One has to wonder how this film scored such a star-studded cast. Zach Galifianakis and Isla Fisher play domesticated duo Jeff and Karen Gaffney who become suspicious when sophisticated couple Natalie and Tim Jones (played by Gal Gadot and Jon Hamm) move in across the street. When the Joneses are outed as spies, bullets, car chases and explosions ensue, with the bumbling Gaffneys finding themselves caught in the middle.
Gadot offers a human version of her Wonder Woman, but it’s impossible to see her as anything ordinary. Hamm could easily be plucked from any espionage thriller, and paired with Gadot, make a glamorous and very watchable couple. Galifianakis has shed some weight while maintaining his beard, but isn’t the loveable “doofus” we’ve grown to adore. Still, the doofus, his character Jeff just gets more and more irritating as the film goes on.
Though some moments are funny, most feel forced. Director Greg Mottola has a number of comedies under his belt already, including Paul, Adventureland and Superbad, but for whatever reason Keeping Up With The Joneses doesn’t quite hit the mark – a shame, really, since the premise could have gone far.