KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES

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KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES

GTAHater
REMEMBER THE “NEIGHBORS” SERIES FROM THE MIDDLE OF THIS DECADE? QUIRKY NEXT-DOOR NEIGHBORS AND NEW FAMILIES MOVING IN AND SHAKING THE SURROUNDING FAMILIES’ LIVES UP, ARE SOMEWHAT OF A CLICHÉ IN COMEDIC CINEMA, BUT CAN STILL OCCASIONALLY BE ADAPTED INTO SOMETHING WORTH CONSIDERING. BUT USUALLY, SUCH AS IN THE 2010 RAZZIE FINALIST “THE SPY NEXT DOOR”, THINGS GO AS HORRIBLY WRONG AS WE AT THE RAZZIES HAVE COME TO EXPECT FROM NEW MILLENNIUM HOLLYWOOD. THE MOTIF OF SPIES NEXT DOOR CONTINUES IN OUR PAINFULLY LAUGH-FREE 2ND WORST NEW FILM OF THE WEEK, A FILM NAMED AFTER A PHRASE ABOUT BOURGEOISIE CULTURE, “KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES”.

INSTEAD OF COMPETING TO MATCH THEIR NEIGHBORS WITH THE LATEST AND GREATEST TECHNOLOGY AND HOUSEHOLD MODELING, JEFF AND KAREN GAFFNEY (GALIFIANAKIS AND ISLA FISHER) GET DRAGGED INTO A PLANETARY ESPIONAGE CRISIS, WHEN THEY QUICKLY CATCH ONTO THE JONES FAMILY’S SECRET DOUBLE LIVES AS FEDERAL SPIES. THE PLOT IS BEING KEPT UNDER WRAPS FOR A WHILE, AT LEAST FOR THE OPENING WEEKEND, SO I CAN’T DESCRIBE MUCH PLOT, BUT CRITICS COMPLAIN OF MANY THINGS AS USUAL. NOT ONLY TOILET HUMOR, BUT TORTURE JOKES THAT DON’T HAVE THE BITING, SATIRICAL EDGE OF “PARTY IN THE C.I.A.”, IT’S AS MUCH A STUDIO PREFABRICATION AS LAST MONTH’S “WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS”, ITS DEPICTION OF THE WORLD IS FAR OUT OF TOUCH WITH THE REALITY OF HUMAN STRUGGLES IN AMERICA, THE ENSEMBLE CAST IS BLOWN ON AN UNFUNNY SCRIPT WITH JOKES THAT’VE BEEN HACKNEYED FOR DECADES, IT’S AMONG THE MOST GENERIC AND DEVOID-OF-STAYING-POWER FILMS OF THE YEAR, AND “KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES” IS SOMEWHAT OF A MISNOMER BECAUSE IT CAN’T KEEP UP WITH A SINGLE RUDIMENTARY HOLLYWOOD STANDARD.

DOES IT STAND A CHANCE AT THE RAZZIES, SUCH AS ANOTHER FILM ON GAL GADOT’S WORST SUPPORTING ACTRESS NOMINATION? PACK UP AND MOVE AWAY FROM THE JONESES TO THE RAZZBERRY FIELDS OF NOWHERESVILLE BELOW!
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Vits
R.T. (15-20%): "It squanders a decent premise -- and a talented cast full of funny people -- on a witless and largely laugh-free suburban spy adventure."

Chris Bumbray's review.

WHAT THE FLICK?!'s video review.
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oiram
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On the Gal Gadot question, I would say yes. She has three potential films, four if you count Triple 9, and one of those films was notoriously disappointing.
Akiva Goldsman: The writer partially responsible for this year's triple threat of The Dark Tower, Rings, and, worst of all, Transformers: The Last Knight. I'll be shocked if all three screenplays do not make the ballots.

Worst Picture - Boo 2! A Madea Halloween (nom), The Emoji Movie (nom), Fifty Shades Darker, The Mummy (nom), 9/11 (nom), and Transformers: The Last Knight (nom)
Worst Actor - Tom Cruise (nom), Matt Damon (nom), Johnny Depp, Jamie Dornan (nom), Charlie Hunnam (nom), and Charlie Sheen (nom)
Worst Actress - Whoopi Goldberg (nom), Katherine Heigl, Dakota Johnson (nom), Anna Kendrick (nom), Tyler Perry (nom), and Amy Schumer (nom)
Worst Supporting Actor - Mel Gibson (nom), Anthony Hopkins, Eric Johnson (nom), Ben Kingsley (nom), J. K. Simmons (nom), and John Turturro (nom)
Worst Supporting Actress - Kim Basinger, Faye Dunaway (nom), Laura Haddock (nom), Goldie Hawn (nom), Isabela Moner (nom), and Rebel Wilson (nom)
Worst Screen Combo - Any two robots, actors, or robotic actors (nom), Tom Cruise and either Sofia Boutella, Jake Johnson, or Annabelle Wallis (nom), The Entire Cast of Fifty Shades Darker, The Entire Cast of 9/11 (nom), The Entire Voice Cast of The Emoji Movie (nom), and Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn/Snatched (nom)
Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel - Baywatch (nom), CHiPs (nom), The Emoji Movie (Rip-Off of Inside Out, The Lego Movie, and Wreck-It Ralph) (nom), Fifty Shades Darker, The Mummy (nom), and Transformers: The Last Knight (nom)
Worst Director - Michael Bay (nom), James Foley, Martin Guigui (nom), Alex Kurtzman (nom), Tyler Perry (nom), and Guy Ritchie (nom)
Worst Screenplay - The Emoji Movie (nom), Fifty Shades Darker, The Mummy (nom), 9/11 (nom), Suburbicon (nom), and Transformers: The Last Knight (nom)
Redeemer: M. Night Shyamalan
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oiram
Also, maybe Zach Galifianakis can get a Worst Actor nom for both this and Masterminds.
Akiva Goldsman: The writer partially responsible for this year's triple threat of The Dark Tower, Rings, and, worst of all, Transformers: The Last Knight. I'll be shocked if all three screenplays do not make the ballots.

Worst Picture - Boo 2! A Madea Halloween (nom), The Emoji Movie (nom), Fifty Shades Darker, The Mummy (nom), 9/11 (nom), and Transformers: The Last Knight (nom)
Worst Actor - Tom Cruise (nom), Matt Damon (nom), Johnny Depp, Jamie Dornan (nom), Charlie Hunnam (nom), and Charlie Sheen (nom)
Worst Actress - Whoopi Goldberg (nom), Katherine Heigl, Dakota Johnson (nom), Anna Kendrick (nom), Tyler Perry (nom), and Amy Schumer (nom)
Worst Supporting Actor - Mel Gibson (nom), Anthony Hopkins, Eric Johnson (nom), Ben Kingsley (nom), J. K. Simmons (nom), and John Turturro (nom)
Worst Supporting Actress - Kim Basinger, Faye Dunaway (nom), Laura Haddock (nom), Goldie Hawn (nom), Isabela Moner (nom), and Rebel Wilson (nom)
Worst Screen Combo - Any two robots, actors, or robotic actors (nom), Tom Cruise and either Sofia Boutella, Jake Johnson, or Annabelle Wallis (nom), The Entire Cast of Fifty Shades Darker, The Entire Cast of 9/11 (nom), The Entire Voice Cast of The Emoji Movie (nom), and Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn/Snatched (nom)
Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel - Baywatch (nom), CHiPs (nom), The Emoji Movie (Rip-Off of Inside Out, The Lego Movie, and Wreck-It Ralph) (nom), Fifty Shades Darker, The Mummy (nom), and Transformers: The Last Knight (nom)
Worst Director - Michael Bay (nom), James Foley, Martin Guigui (nom), Alex Kurtzman (nom), Tyler Perry (nom), and Guy Ritchie (nom)
Worst Screenplay - The Emoji Movie (nom), Fifty Shades Darker, The Mummy (nom), 9/11 (nom), Suburbicon (nom), and Transformers: The Last Knight (nom)
Redeemer: M. Night Shyamalan
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Dun-Ida
I just saw this movie. Here are my suggestions.

Worst Picture


Dishonorable mentions: Greg Mottola, Worst Director. Michael LeSieur, Worst Screenplay.
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Dun-Ida
Review on Breaking Banter:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwRiQaJ1A1g
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Dun-Ida