I was looking forward to the sneak peek of Keeping Up With the Joneses because I’m a fan of Jon Hamm (Mad Men) and know Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover) can bring the laughs. I expected them to be a dynamic duo in this action comedy about a mainstream suburban couple (Zach Galifianakis and Isla Fisher) who get their cul-de-sac world rocked when their new seemingly perfect neighbors (Jon Hamm and Gal Gadot) turn out to be secret agents.
The suburban couple quickly goes from jealous to suspicious of their Hollywood-like neighbors. And when some snooping reveals their new neighbors are definitely not what they seem, Mr. and Mrs. Suburban find themselves along for the ride (literally) on a secret mission whether they like it or not.
So here’s the good news, Jon Hamm is still easy on the eyes (as is Gal Gadot, if we’re being totally honest) and there were a couple laugh-out-loud moments in the film. The bad news? That’s the end of the good news.
It just wasn’t funny, but not for a lack of trying. Seemed like every other line was trying to grab a laugh but fell short. The comedy and action pick up quite a bit about halfway through the film but nowhere near enough to save it.
I give it a D for comedy and a C for action. If you’re heading to the movies this weekend, skip this one and keep looking.
Keeping Up With the Joneses opens today, October 21. It’s rated PG-13 and runs 101 minutes.