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The Joneses

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Teen sex, drugs, drinking pop up in satire on materialism.

Movie R 2010 96 minutes
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The Joneses

This movie was riveting. I was looking on Netflix for a good movie to watch and saw this one. While the description was fairly vague, I decided to try it anyway. While there is a little nudity (so definitely not for kids) the plot of the movie gives a look into a consumerist society and gives a message of how it negatively impacts the way we and encourages us to be wary of the way we spend our money. Anyways great movie and would definitely recommend it to anyone 18+

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How wonderful it is to fall in love with David Duchovny once more; THE JONESES gives him another chance to dazzle with his dry wit and observational stance. As Steve, he leads the audience in this satirical journey into the heart and soul(lessness) of abject consumerism. (Moore is a revelation, too. Finally, she has a part that doesn't just trade on her looks, even though appearances matter much here.) It's mostly successful; first-time director Derrick Borte handles the enterprise assuredly, and the supporting cast, especially Cole, adds layers to what could have been a superficial indictment of materialism and advertising. We are living in a material world, indeed.

Nevertheless, a shift in tone near the end, though adding gravity to the proceedings, diminishes the cheeky glee that earlier gives the film such lift. (Think Ocean's 11.) The Joneses has a message, we understand that, but in making sure it gets delivered, it loses its verve. Must a movie become self-serious in order to make its very true, and very important, point?

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