Taglines: The lived a normal life… until the Joneses moved in.
An ordinary suburban couple (Zach Galifianakis, Isla Fisher) finds it’s not easy keeping up with the Joneses (Jon Hamm, Gal Gadot) – their impossibly gorgeous and ultra-sophisticated new neighbors – especially when they discover that Mr. and Mrs. “Jones” are covert operatives.
Keeping Up with the Joneses is an American action comedy film directed by Greg Mottola and written by Michael LeSieur. Starring Zach Galifianakis, Jon Hamm, Isla Fisher and Gal Gadot, the film follows a suburban couple (Galifianakis and Fisher) who begin to suspect their new neighbors (Hamm and Gadot) are spies. It is scheduled to be released on October 21, 2016 by 20th Century Fox.
What is keeping up with the Joneses?
“Keeping up with the Joneses” as an American expression actually began in 1913 with a comic strip by Arthur R. “Pop” Momand. The Joneses never actually appeared in the comic, but they exerted their influence in all the storylines.
Now, we use this phrase to refer primarily to people who focus on appearances – especially when it comes to appearing well-off. Maybe it’s the family down the road who pays for high-class lawn care service so they have the greenest, plushest lawn in the subdivision. Or maybe it’s the mom in PTA who pays $200 a month for professional highlights and who-knows-how-much for frequent mani-pedis. Or maybe it’s the guy at work who drives a flashy car you could never afford, even though he’s not that far above your pay grade.
It’s hard to escape the influence of those around us who live seemingly wealthy, free-and-easy lifestyles. And it’s really, really hard to escape the noise of all the advertisers who desperately want us to keep up with those people who are forking over money for more stuff. Yet whoever we say is trying to “keep up with the Joneses,” we never turn the phrase to ourselves.
Keeping Up with the Joneses
Directed by: Greg Mottola
Starring: Zach Galifianakis, Jon Hamm, Isla Fisher, Gal Gadot, Patton Oswalt, Matt Walsh, Maribeth Monroe, Ming Zhao
Screenplay by: Michael LeSieur
Production Design by: Mark Ricker
Cinematography by: Andrew Dunn
Film Editing by: David Rennie
Costume Design by: Ruth E. Carter
Set Decoration by: Rena DeAngelo, Jenn Sandel
Music by: Jake Monaco
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content, action / violence and brief strong language.
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: October 21, 2016