“Keeping Up With the Joneses” (Fox)
By Catholic News Service
Flat action comedy in which a suburban couple (Zach Galifianakis and Isla Fisher) discover that their suspiciously perfect new neighbors (Jon Hamm and Gal Gadot) are, in fact, undercover spies. In a bid for fish-out-of-water laughs, Michael LeSieur’s script then drags the ordinary duo through high-speed chases, shootouts and other dangerous situations.
Amid this bloodless mayhem, the screenplay does present a positive view of marriage and of the lives of honest, decent everyday people. But director Greg Mottola’s film communicates these upright values as awkwardly as it delivers its fitfully amusing jokes.
Considerable stylized violence, semi-graphic marital lovemaking, partial nudity, some sexual humor, including a reference to aberrant behavior, a same-sex kiss, several uses of profanity, at least one rough term, occasional crude and crass language. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III — adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 — parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.