The Joneses

Critics 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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A picture-perfect family moves into an upscale community, impressing the locals and integrating themselves into every aspect of the community until a sudden tragedy forces them to reassess their priorities. Steve (David Duchovny) and Kate Jones (Demi Moore) have everything a happily married couple could ever want: their kids, Jenn (Amber Heard) and Mick (Ben Hollingsworth), are intelligent and attractive, they live in an affluent neighborhood, and their sprawling suburban home is jam-packed with all of the coolest gizmos and gadgets that money can buy. It isn't long before the Joneses have struck up a friendship with their next-door neighbors Larry (Gary Cole) and Summer (Glenne Headly), and become integral components of their community. But take a closer look at the situation and you'll start to see something ominous lurking just beneath the surface. It's only when the Joneses are confronted with an unexpected disaster that they finally discover who they really are beneath the glossy veneer of consumerism. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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  • The Joneses starts with a great pitch but ultimately fails to close the deal.

    Apr 12, 2011 | Full Review…

    Rafer Guzman

    Newsday
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  • 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.

    Apr 12, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Here is a smart, entertaining satire on greed and materialism among America's leisured classes.

    Apr 23, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The Joneses never makes it into full on satire but is smart and clear enough in its setup not to have to spell out a message in some soapy conclusion.

    Apr 23, 2010 | Rating: 3/5
  • Borte's conceit is a fun one to be in on, but basically too synthetic to have the satirical bite it wants -- it's more a playful fantasy of consumerist whim than an edgy exposé.

    Apr 22, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • There's a nicely cynical streak at the heart of The Joneses, until Borte goes soft and lets the audience off the hook.

    Apr 21, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Joneses

  • Jun 07, 2013
    I liked the film but thought the concept was hampered by the running time and a forced happy ending. much better then expected.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • May 12, 2013
    Nice cast. Great pitch. But fail to close the deal.
    UUd I Super Reviewer
  • Jan 22, 2013
    *Major Spoilers* The Joneses, an ideal family who just moved into the richest town in America. This family has a dark hyped up secret though. Are they there for witness protection after witnessing the murder of the president? No. Are they undercover cops tracking down an actor who run a sex trafficking program? Nah. They're sales men, undercover ones, what's so dark about this, I don't know. It was a spoof on advertising, not a particularly funny one though. Also a painfully predictable story, I wish it would be les typical. I can't imagine anyone loving the movie, it's definition of a mediocre film. The drama was weak, and had some plot holes to it. The casting was great though, the actors fit the roles amazingly. It was worth a tip of the hat. Altogether the film is just to average, to shine, I'm even a bit surprised it was shown in theaters.
    Daniel D Super Reviewer
  • Nov 04, 2011
    Appreciate the effort but average at best.
    Mesh B Super Reviewer

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