This film about a spy couple has star power in Jon Hamm, but utilitarian construction and a lack of chemistry are downfalls. - From New York Times
The plot invites comparisons to “The Americans”; the presence of Jon Hamm as a man of mystery prompts wistful memories of “Mad Men”; and the visual vocabulary — no one has bothered to address the abundance of overlit and sun-bleached shots — shows the indifference of a hasty live broadcast.
The story centers on Jeff (Zach Galifianakis), an earnest human resources worker at an aerospace and defense building, and his wife, Karen (Isla Fisher), an interior designer.
Karen suspects that their too-perfect new neighbors — Tim (Mr.
The absence of laughs can’t be blamed on a lack of talent.
The movie’s utilitarian construction and non-igniting star chemistry are a surprise from this director, Greg Mottola, of “Adventureland,” “Superbad” and “The Daytrippers.” Without a fresh comic approach, “Keeping Up With the Joneses” settles for bathroom jokes (Karen plans to design a fancy urinal) and ethnocentrism, as when Tim takes Jeff to a Chinese restaurant that serves poisonous snakes.