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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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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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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.
Worst Actor - Matt Damon (nom) (Been called uninteresting and is also accused of promoting a white savior movie. Also since his buddy Ben Affleck has been nominated multiple times, why not him?), Johnny Depp (Just imagine the cruel irony of winning for the role that original got him his first Oscar nom.), Jamie Dornan (nom) (Won for the role last time, need I say more?), Tom Hanks (nom) (He managed to avoid a nom for decades, BurnHollywoodBurn from years back even described him as "Un-Razz-able", but considering how much of a let down The Circle was and how he didn't bring much to it, maybe his time is now. Plus, he'd be interesting to nominate, and it's be weird to have Watson and not him too.), Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (nom)(Not only did his movie pretty much flop, but he ends up complaining about the criticism on Twitter! Plus, he's been nominated before and Jumanji doesn't look so hot either.), and Mark Wahlberg (nom) (If this is his last "hurrah" in the Transformers movies, maybe he should get a nom as extra motivation to stay away. Marky Mark doesn't want to become a repeat offender, does he?)

Worst Actress - Katherine Heigl (SHE MUST WIN!), Scarlett Johansson (nom) (Starred in two box-office bombs, one of them with the stigma of whitewashing. Plus it'd be interesting to have her.), Dakota Johnson (nom) (Won for the role last time, need I say more?), Milla Jovovich (nom) (Considering that the last outing got her a nom, maybe she'll receive another one.), Amy Schumer (nom) (Not only has her humor been described as getting scale and one-note, but she's been labeling any criticisms of that as "evil conservatives" to try and dismiss them, and now this led up a movie that is not so well received for many reasons, not the least of which being that she did not bring the funny, and did pretty poorly at the box-office.), and Emma Watson (nom) (While starring in, at this point, the highest grossing movies of the year, she also stars in one of the biggest disappointments of the year. Could be something to pounce on.)

Worst Supporting Actor - Javier Bardem (nom) (He does not lend much to the movie he stars in, and the special effects on him make his performance look worse!), Anthony Hopkins (If he is nominated, he'll break a Razzie record. If he wins, he'll break TWO records!), Eric Johnson (nom) (Basically used to make Christian Grey look less bad by comparison!), Ben Kingsley (nom) (Not only a Razzie repeat offender, but his character in Collide keeps watching the Razzie nominated movie Perfect and keeps talking almost creepily about Razzie perennial Burt Reynolds!), Rob Lowe (nom) (Previously won a Razzie in this category, why not nominate him again if he's going to appear in films like Monster Trucks.), and John Turturro (nom) (He has made the ballots for the Transformers movies before, but always gets shut out. Maybe this will be his chance at a nom.)

Worst Supporting Actress - Kim Basinger (Basically in this movie because 9 1/2 Weeks, her first Razzie nomination.), Faye Dunaway (nom) (Razzie perennial Dunaway is attempting to make a big comeback, but starting off with The Bye Bye Man, not to mention being a part of the Best Picture flub at the Oscars, things do not look good for her.), Laura Haddock (nom) (She seems to be a good actress, but when put into a Bay movie where she has to look pretty while being a scientist, Star-Lord's mom cannot pull it off.), Marcia Gay Harden (nom) (Jane Seymour got a nomination for the parody version of the role, so why not the real thing?), Goldie Hawn (nom) (Making her big-screen comeback in Snatched... a movie which stunk and she stunk in it, a surefire way to receive a second nom in this category.), and Isabela Moner (nom) (Comes off as a preachy character, more than likely going to annoy some.)

Worst Director - Michael Bay (nom) (Going to go down in history as the most Razzie nominated director thanks to these Transformers movies. I would not be surprised if he wins.), James Foley (Previous Razzie nominee has returned after about three decades to director the sequel to the Razzie winning Fifty Shades of Grey. I'd say he has this in the bag.), Alex Kurtzman (nom) (Speaking of Transformers, one of the Razzie winning writers of the first and second one tried to start a cinematic universe, and boy howdy, did it get off to a rocky start!), Guy Ritchie (nom) (Speaking of cinematic universes, previous Razzie winner and husband of Madonna tried to start one too, and man did it turn out messy!), Chris Wedge (nom) (Going from animation to live-action and came out with a write-off... yeah...), and Zhang Yimou (nom) (Even with his stylized directing, he could not make the characters interesting, or those lizard creatures look convincing.)
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Also, maybe Zach Galifianakis can get a Worst Actor nom for both this and Masterminds.
Worst Actor - Matt Damon (nom) (Been called uninteresting and is also accused of promoting a white savior movie. Also since his buddy Ben Affleck has been nominated multiple times, why not him?), Johnny Depp (Just imagine the cruel irony of winning for the role that original got him his first Oscar nom.), Jamie Dornan (nom) (Won for the role last time, need I say more?), Tom Hanks (nom) (He managed to avoid a nom for decades, BurnHollywoodBurn from years back even described him as "Un-Razz-able", but considering how much of a let down The Circle was and how he didn't bring much to it, maybe his time is now. Plus, he'd be interesting to nominate, and it's be weird to have Watson and not him too.), Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (nom)(Not only did his movie pretty much flop, but he ends up complaining about the criticism on Twitter! Plus, he's been nominated before and Jumanji doesn't look so hot either.), and Mark Wahlberg (nom) (If this is his last "hurrah" in the Transformers movies, maybe he should get a nom as extra motivation to stay away. Marky Mark doesn't want to become a repeat offender, does he?)

Worst Actress - Katherine Heigl (SHE MUST WIN!), Scarlett Johansson (nom) (Starred in two box-office bombs, one of them with the stigma of whitewashing. Plus it'd be interesting to have her.), Dakota Johnson (nom) (Won for the role last time, need I say more?), Milla Jovovich (nom) (Considering that the last outing got her a nom, maybe she'll receive another one.), Amy Schumer (nom) (Not only has her humor been described as getting scale and one-note, but she's been labeling any criticisms of that as "evil conservatives" to try and dismiss them, and now this led up a movie that is not so well received for many reasons, not the least of which being that she did not bring the funny, and did pretty poorly at the box-office.), and Emma Watson (nom) (While starring in, at this point, the highest grossing movies of the year, she also stars in one of the biggest disappointments of the year. Could be something to pounce on.)

Worst Supporting Actor - Javier Bardem (nom) (He does not lend much to the movie he stars in, and the special effects on him make his performance look worse!), Anthony Hopkins (If he is nominated, he'll break a Razzie record. If he wins, he'll break TWO records!), Eric Johnson (nom) (Basically used to make Christian Grey look less bad by comparison!), Ben Kingsley (nom) (Not only a Razzie repeat offender, but his character in Collide keeps watching the Razzie nominated movie Perfect and keeps talking almost creepily about Razzie perennial Burt Reynolds!), Rob Lowe (nom) (Previously won a Razzie in this category, why not nominate him again if he's going to appear in films like Monster Trucks.), and John Turturro (nom) (He has made the ballots for the Transformers movies before, but always gets shut out. Maybe this will be his chance at a nom.)

Worst Supporting Actress - Kim Basinger (Basically in this movie because 9 1/2 Weeks, her first Razzie nomination.), Faye Dunaway (nom) (Razzie perennial Dunaway is attempting to make a big comeback, but starting off with The Bye Bye Man, not to mention being a part of the Best Picture flub at the Oscars, things do not look good for her.), Laura Haddock (nom) (She seems to be a good actress, but when put into a Bay movie where she has to look pretty while being a scientist, Star-Lord's mom cannot pull it off.), Marcia Gay Harden (nom) (Jane Seymour got a nomination for the parody version of the role, so why not the real thing?), Goldie Hawn (nom) (Making her big-screen comeback in Snatched... a movie which stunk and she stunk in it, a surefire way to receive a second nom in this category.), and Isabela Moner (nom) (Comes off as a preachy character, more than likely going to annoy some.)

Worst Director - Michael Bay (nom) (Going to go down in history as the most Razzie nominated director thanks to these Transformers movies. I would not be surprised if he wins.), James Foley (Previous Razzie nominee has returned after about three decades to director the sequel to the Razzie winning Fifty Shades of Grey. I'd say he has this in the bag.), Alex Kurtzman (nom) (Speaking of Transformers, one of the Razzie winning writers of the first and second one tried to start a cinematic universe, and boy howdy, did it get off to a rocky start!), Guy Ritchie (nom) (Speaking of cinematic universes, previous Razzie winner and husband of Madonna tried to start one too, and man did it turn out messy!), Chris Wedge (nom) (Going from animation to live-action and came out with a write-off... yeah...), and Zhang Yimou (nom) (Even with his stylized directing, he could not make the characters interesting, or those lizard creatures look convincing.)
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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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Review on Breaking Banter:


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