- 1 hr 36 min
The Joneses is a satire with moments of comical relief mixed into the warning of consumerism. The Joneses move into an upper-middle class neighborhood and immediately everything the do, from the clothes they wear to the drinks they offer guests, becomes an object of envy to their new neighbors. Seemingly perfect, the Joneses is a family of four: father, Steven, who spends his free time mowing the lawn and playing golf; wife and mother, Kate, a trendsetter who's extensive wardrobe is completed by her model-like body; daughter, Jenn, who takes after her mother and rises to instant popularity in her new school; and son, Mick, who although somewhat geeky, has all of the newest electronics and toys to keep his schoolmates interested. Their lives are enriched with the most expensive of everything. However, it soon comes to light that their purpose in the neighborhood is darker than making friends and raising a family. All members of the family are hired by corporations and are responsible for sales quotas. Steven hooks male neighbors with his superior cars and golf sets. Kate manages to inspire jealously in the neighborhood wives by her fashion choices. And the children are in charge of electronics and make-up. Although surrounded by the latest and greatest commercialism has to offer, the Joneses are left isolated and without real family by their deception. Steven and Kate, who've recently met for this assignment, soon begin struggling with the real issues of most marriages. Steven begins wondering what life would be like if he were in reality a father and husband and Kate, who's always been career focused, ponders as well. In the back of everyone's mind throughout the film is a question of being found out. Billed as a comedy, The Joneses has it's share of dramatic plot twists and surprising dynamics in this "fake" family. The Joneses was released in 2010 and features Demi Moore and David Duchovney.