Joneses [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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A seemingly perfect family moves into a suburban neighborhood, but when it comes to the truth as to why they're living there, they don't exactly come clean with their neighbors.
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This is really more like a modern-day parable about family, money, possessions and friends.
About 5 minutes into the film, I said to my wife 'We know that they aren't real, what's the story?', thinking I was going to be bored out of my wits for the next hour and a bit. Thankfully I didn't give up so quickly and actually found it a very intriguing film.
It does not drag at all but moves at a decent pace for a film that fits squarely in the philosophical drama category.
The characters are all played well and I found myself being empathetic towards them by the end of the film. They are, as you would imagine from people living a fake life, quite one dimensional. Even 'behind closed doors' Demi and David's characters do not change very much, but you can see them reaching out for reality.
I really liked this film. It is a great parable and with the right group of friends it could stir some interesting discussions.
If you like films that make you stop and think even for a short while, then this will do that. If you are looking for a comedy, then 'Did you hear about the Morgans?' Did You Hear About The Morgans? [DVD] might be a better choice.
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"The Joneses" is kept interesting by a brilliant script that keeps the lead characters losing their souls a little bit more each and ever day. Their cleverness stops being fun and soon everything (including growing love) is sabotaged by money. Will they see the error of their capitalistic ways?
I loved “The Joneses” and both Duchovny and Moore are perfectly cast as the sexy go-getter couple that seem to have it all (and therefore they know their neighbours will covet this).
This is the kind of movie I wish I could keep up with – but unfortunately “The Joneses” did little business on this side of the pond. So it's not surprising to see that a ‘UK’ BLU RAY of it is AWOL. I say this because the American 20th Century Fox version is REGION A LOCKED – so it will not play on UK machines unless they’re chipped to be ‘all regions’ (which few are).
Until someone sees fit to release it on a REGION B title - this is another nugget denied us by Region Coding…
Without giving away the plot, The Joneses is about - as the saying goes - `keeping up with the Joneses' and what people will do to avoid being seen as a lesser person to their neighbour. The story manages to balance being consistently funny with a scenario that holds up over ninety minutes, while at the same time, makes you think.
David Duchovny is second on the cast list to Demi Moore, but he should definitely do more comedy (his few one-liners in the X-files always added a nice comedic element to Mulder's character). He really gets all the best lines, as she plays the `straight man' to his observations. Their on-screen children aren't as fully developed character-wise as they could have been, but they play their small roles well.
The Joneses may not be an absolute classic, but it is certainly different enough to be watchable and entertaining, while at the same time making you think about a few `what ifs?' If you like satire, then give it a try. It's an undiscovered gem.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was actually a really interesting concept although it lacked in entertainment throughout. Decent watch though.Published 19 hours ago by DJT
brilliant highly recommend A+ and very fast delivery came next dayPublished 2 months ago by Kartkid007
Despite not possessing the dark bitterness and unsettling humour of the brilliant Nightcrawler this amiable satire on contemporary consumer society still contains enough cynicism... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Call me Al
Interesting and unusual plot, quite well constructed and played out by a good cast. The end is a bit predictable!Published 13 months ago by Golfer
Movie seems much better than it is, it ends with a death of a neighbour which I think is too extreme and could be much more enjoyable than it is.Published 19 months ago by Bozena Krupa