Keeping Up With The Joneses

By Angie Raphael

There are a few funny moments in this espionage comedy but screenwriter Michael LeSieur seems to run out of ideas midway through the plot, leaving a predictable and barely memorable film. Jeff Gaffney (Zach Galifianakis) and his wife Karen (Isla Fisher) live in a quiet cul-de-sac in the suburbs until one day, spunky undercover spies Tim (Jon Hamm) and Natalie Jones (Gal Gadot) move in next door. The talented cast elevate the film somewhat, especially Fisher who is always a scene stealer. There is also some good action sequences including car chases, explosions and physical fights. Keeping Up With The Joneses is a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours but it is really just a B-grade version of Mr and Mrs Smith.