Steve and Kate Jones, and their gorgeous teen-aged children Jenn and Mick, seem to be the perfect family. When they move into their new upper middle class neighborhood they quickly settle in and in no time become trend setters. They’re beautiful, have all the right clothes, the latest gadgets and embody everything that is the American Dream. However, while the rest of the community tries to keep up with them, they have no idea that this family is as fake as they can be and hired to make them spend more money.
Sound and Vision:
Image and sound quality are what you would expect from a recent DVD. The transfer has been done quite well and there aren’t any obvious flaws to be found. Good stuff all around eventhough this isn’t really a movie that bulks from visual effects.
The Joneses is a lighthearted comedy with a message. The movie criticizes the “buy, buy, buy” culture that runs around in the US and that in a time when economic crisis is running rampage. The timing for a movie like this couldn’t be any better.
Unlike most “smart” comedies these days, the drama is a bit limited and lurks under the surface which is a welcome change as we’re getting fed up with the comedies that go deep inside character’s personalities to show there actually isn’t much to laugh with. Unfortunately, The Joneses goes a bit too far the other way to be truly compelling. We hardly get to see any of the reasons why the lead characters have chosen for this fake life they have other than the obvious reason (money) and this does make that the movie doesn’t have as much of an impact as it could have had.
Still, The Joneses is a fun movie to watch and if you’re looking for some lighthearted entertainment that actually does have something of a message, this is definitely one to check out.