Bryan Cranston On Making Family Comedy ‘The Dangerous Book For Boys’: “I Wanted To Bring Some Hope To The World”

Conn and Hal Iggulden’s bestselling guide to boyhood seems like an odd candidate for a television adaptation. It is, after all, a non-fiction how-to with no narrative to speak of. And yet, for Bryan Cranston and his Moon Shot Entertainment production c…

Conn and Hal Iggulden's bestselling guide to boyhood seems like an odd candidate for a television adaptation. It is, after all, a non-fiction how-to with no narrative to speak of. And yet, for Bryan Cranston and his Moon Shot Entertainment production company, the philosophy at the heart of the book—that kids should look up from the cell phones and experience the world first-hand—was undeniable. The touching family comedy from Amazon Studios follows Wyatt (Gabriel Bateman)…

‘Dangerous Book For Boys’: Bryan Cranston & Greg Mottola’s Family-Friendly Adaptation Promises Lo-Fi Charm – The Contenders

The cast and creators of Amazon’s forthcoming series The Dangerous Book For Boys took the stage to kick of this year’s Emmy Contenders. Show co-creators Bryan Cranston and Greg Mottola were joined on stage by stars Erinn HayesGabriel Bateman, and Swoosie Kurtz to talk about what to expect from the series based on the book by Conn and Hal Iggulden.
One of the driving inspiration behind the adaptation is the fact that Cranston and Mottola are both dads.  “It’s a true…

The cast and creators of Amazon’s forthcoming series The Dangerous Book For Boys took the stage to kick of this year’s Emmy Contenders. Show co-creators Bryan Cranston and Greg Mottola were joined on stage by stars Erinn HayesGabriel Bateman, and Swoosie Kurtz to talk about what to expect from the series based on the book by Conn and Hal Iggulden. One of the driving inspiration behind the adaptation is the fact that Cranston and Mottola are both dads.  “It’s a true…

‘The Dangerous Book For Boys’ Gets Premiere Date On Amazon Prime

You can bookmark the premiere date for Amazon Prime’s The Dangerous Book for Boys. The streamer said today that its single-camera comedy series from Emmy-winning Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston and Superbad director Greg Mottola will launch Friday, March 3o.
Created by Cranston and Mottola based on the book by Conn and Hal Iggulden, the series follows the McKenna family as they cope with the untimely passing of Patrick (Chris Diamantopoulos), their patriarch and a…

You can bookmark the premiere date for Amazon Prime’s The Dangerous Book for Boys. The streamer said today that its single-camera comedy series from Emmy-winning Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston and Superbad director Greg Mottola will launch Friday, March 3o. Created by Cranston and Mottola based on the book by Conn and Hal Iggulden, the series follows the McKenna family as they cope with the untimely passing of Patrick (Chris Diamantopoulos), their patriarch and a…

Bryan Cranston’s ‘Dangerous Book for Boys’ Picked Up by Amazon

Amazon has bought “The Dangerous Book for Boys,” a half-hour comedy from Bryan Cranston, TheWrap has learned.

Inspired by the book of the same name by Conn and Hal Iggulden, the comedy will be co-produced by Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures Television, the latter of which has a production deal with Cranston’s Moonshot Entertainment banner. Production will begin in New York later this summer.

The comedy follows a boy named Wyatt who, along with his brothers, is mourning the loss of their late father, a brilliant inventor named Patrick. The story begins when Wyatt receives a copy of “The Dangerous Book For Boys” bequeathed by his father. The book triggers Wyatt’s imagination, as he weaves a fantasy world in which he reconnects with his father and learns important life lessons.

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Released in 2006, “The Dangerous Book For Boys” is a how-to guide for various activities, including building a soapbox racer, tying knots, and growing crystals. The book received acclaim for its young-at-heart spirit and received the top prize at the Galaxy British Book Awards.

The comedy was created by Cranston and “Superbad” director Greg Mottola, who will produce the series with James Degus. Mottola and Cranston will also write and direct the first two episodes of the series. This is Cranston’s third title released by Amazon, having also created the crime series “Sneaky Pete” and the upcoming anthology series “Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams.”

Cranston and Mottola are repped by UTA.

 

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Amazon has bought “The Dangerous Book for Boys,” a half-hour comedy from Bryan Cranston, TheWrap has learned.

Inspired by the book of the same name by Conn and Hal Iggulden, the comedy will be co-produced by Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures Television, the latter of which has a production deal with Cranston’s Moonshot Entertainment banner. Production will begin in New York later this summer.

The comedy follows a boy named Wyatt who, along with his brothers, is mourning the loss of their late father, a brilliant inventor named Patrick. The story begins when Wyatt receives a copy of “The Dangerous Book For Boys” bequeathed by his father. The book triggers Wyatt’s imagination, as he weaves a fantasy world in which he reconnects with his father and learns important life lessons.

Released in 2006, “The Dangerous Book For Boys” is a how-to guide for various activities, including building a soapbox racer, tying knots, and growing crystals. The book received acclaim for its young-at-heart spirit and received the top prize at the Galaxy British Book Awards.

The comedy was created by Cranston and “Superbad” director Greg Mottola, who will produce the series with James Degus. Mottola and Cranston will also write and direct the first two episodes of the series. This is Cranston’s third title released by Amazon, having also created the crime series “Sneaky Pete” and the upcoming anthology series “Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams.”

Cranston and Mottola are repped by UTA.

 

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‘Boo! A Madea Halloween’ Delivers Box Office Beatdown With $27.6 Million

Tyler Perry has proved yet again he knows his audience well as his Madea sequel topped the weekend box office with a whopping $27.6 million — the third highest grossing debut of the comedy series — according to Sunday estimates.

Lionsgate’s “Boo! A Madea Halloween” had enough momentum to unseat Paramount’s “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back,” which grossed roughly $23 million on its opening.

Making $9.4 million on Friday alone, Perry’s Madea sequel blew away Lionsgate’s previous opening weekend predictions of mid-teens set earlier in the week, also when trackers had its opening grosses closer to $20 million.

Tom Cruise‘s action sequel, originally positioned to top the box office, is now settling into second place.

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“Ouija: Origin of Evil” eked out third place with $14.1 million, in line with Universal’s initial estimates of mid teens, though trackers previously had its debut set in the high teens.

The scary movie barely beat out holdover “The Accountant,” which came in fourth with $14 million in its second weekend.

Twentieth Century Fox comedy “Keeping Up With the Joneses” couldn’t crack the top five, given the flood of new competition, “The Accountant” and also holdover “The Girl on the Train.” Starring Gal GadotIsla FisherZach GalifianakisJon Hamm and Patton Oswalt, the film earned an estimated $5.6 million on its debut, down from previous predictions of $8 million.

Directed by Greg Mottola (“Superbad,” “Adventureland”), the comedy involves a suburban couple who become embroiled in an international espionage plot.

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It has a very low 18 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and a B- CinemaScore — rated by those surveyed on opening night.

“Boo! A Madea Halloween” is open in 2,260 locations and was made for $20 million. Written, directed and starring Tyler Perry, who returns as Madea, the movie follows the wise-cracking grandmotherly character during a haunted Halloween as she fights off killers, ghosts and zombies and also keeps an eye on some misbehaving teens.

In spite of its 33 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, Perry’s movie seems to be hitting a sweet spot with fans, reflected in its A CinemaScore and also its strong box office performance.

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“Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” revolves around the mysterious deaths of soldiers who were previously under Reacher’s command.

The Paramount title has a low 39 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and a better CinemaScore of B+.

It’s playing in 3,780 locations and is tracking higher than the opening of the previous installment, which grossed $15 million on its debut and went on to earn $200 million worldwide.

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The sequel, directed by Edward Zwick (“The Last Samurai”), was produced for $60 million, not counting marketing costs. It also stars Cobie Smulders, Aldis Hodge, Danika Yarosh, PatrickHeusinger, Holt McCallany and Robert Knepper.

Meanwhile “Ouija: Origin of Evil” is playing in 3,167 theaters. Made on a modest budget, the studio hopes to replicate the success of the 2014 sleeper hit which earned a lifetime gross of more than $100 million worldwide.

Involving a seance scam in 1967 Los Angeles, the prequel was directed by Mike Flanagan (“Oculus”) and comes from from Blumhouse, Platinum Dunes and Hasbro, and boasts a roster of big name producers including Michael Bay and Jason Blum.

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It has the highest Rotten Tomatoes score of this weekend’s new releases with 81 percent. Though the film may be disappointing fans who gave it a C CinemaScore on opening night.

The Top Five:
1. “Boo! A Madea Halloween” (Lionsgate) — $27.6 million in Week 1 ($27.6 million total)
2. “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” (Paramount) — $23 million in Week 1 ($23 million total)
3. “Ouija: Origin of Evil” — $14.1 million in Week 1 ($14.1 million total)
4. “The Accountant” (Warner Bros.) — $14 million in Week 2 ($47.9 million total)
5. “The Girl on the Train” (Universal) — $7.3 million in Week 3 ($58.9 million total)

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Tyler Perry has proved yet again he knows his audience well as his Madea sequel topped the weekend box office with a whopping $27.6 million — the third highest grossing debut of the comedy series — according to Sunday estimates.

Lionsgate’s “Boo! A Madea Halloween” had enough momentum to unseat Paramount’s “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back,” which grossed roughly $23 million on its opening.

Making $9.4 million on Friday alone, Perry’s Madea sequel blew away Lionsgate’s previous opening weekend predictions of mid-teens set earlier in the week, also when trackers had its opening grosses closer to $20 million.

Tom Cruise‘s action sequel, originally positioned to top the box office, is now settling into second place.

“Ouija: Origin of Evil” eked out third place with $14.1 million, in line with Universal’s initial estimates of mid teens, though trackers previously had its debut set in the high teens.

The scary movie barely beat out holdover “The Accountant,” which came in fourth with $14 million in its second weekend.

Twentieth Century Fox comedy “Keeping Up With the Joneses” couldn’t crack the top five, given the flood of new competition, “The Accountant” and also holdover “The Girl on the Train.” Starring Gal GadotIsla FisherZach GalifianakisJon Hamm and Patton Oswalt, the film earned an estimated $5.6 million on its debut, down from previous predictions of $8 million.

Directed by Greg Mottola (“Superbad,” “Adventureland”), the comedy involves a suburban couple who become embroiled in an international espionage plot.

It has a very low 18 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and a B- CinemaScore — rated by those surveyed on opening night.

“Boo! A Madea Halloween” is open in 2,260 locations and was made for $20 million. Written, directed and starring Tyler Perry, who returns as Madea, the movie follows the wise-cracking grandmotherly character during a haunted Halloween as she fights off killers, ghosts and zombies and also keeps an eye on some misbehaving teens.

In spite of its 33 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, Perry’s movie seems to be hitting a sweet spot with fans, reflected in its A CinemaScore and also its strong box office performance.

“Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” revolves around the mysterious deaths of soldiers who were previously under Reacher’s command.

The Paramount title has a low 39 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and a better CinemaScore of B+.

It’s playing in 3,780 locations and is tracking higher than the opening of the previous installment, which grossed $15 million on its debut and went on to earn $200 million worldwide.

The sequel, directed by Edward Zwick (“The Last Samurai”), was produced for $60 million, not counting marketing costs. It also stars Cobie Smulders, Aldis Hodge, Danika Yarosh, PatrickHeusinger, Holt McCallany and Robert Knepper.

Meanwhile “Ouija: Origin of Evil” is playing in 3,167 theaters. Made on a modest budget, the studio hopes to replicate the success of the 2014 sleeper hit which earned a lifetime gross of more than $100 million worldwide.

Involving a seance scam in 1967 Los Angeles, the prequel was directed by Mike Flanagan (“Oculus”) and comes from from Blumhouse, Platinum Dunes and Hasbro, and boasts a roster of big name producers including Michael Bay and Jason Blum.

It has the highest Rotten Tomatoes score of this weekend’s new releases with 81 percent. Though the film may be disappointing fans who gave it a C CinemaScore on opening night.

The Top Five:
1. “Boo! A Madea Halloween” (Lionsgate) — $27.6 million in Week 1 ($27.6 million total)
2. “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” (Paramount) — $23 million in Week 1 ($23 million total)
3. “Ouija: Origin of Evil” — $14.1 million in Week 1 ($14.1 million total)
4. “The Accountant” (Warner Bros.) — $14 million in Week 2 ($47.9 million total)
5. “The Girl on the Train” (Universal) — $7.3 million in Week 3 ($58.9 million total)

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‘Boo! A Madea Halloween’ to Scare ‘Jack Reacher’ and ‘Ouija’ Sequels Into Submission

Tyler Perry‘s season-appropriate Madea sequel has enough momentum to unseat “Jack Reacher,” as the latest estimates have “Boo! A Madea Halloween” earning more than $25 million on its debut weekend.

Making $9.4 million on Friday alone, the title is far surpassing Lionsgate’s previous predictions of mid-teens set earlier in the week, when trackers had its opening grosses closer to $20 million.

Tom Cruise‘s action sequel “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back,” originally positioned to top the box office, may have to settle for second place, now expected to end the weekend with $24 million. It earned $8.9 million on Friday.

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“Ouija: Origin of Evil” should settle into a $13 million debut, in line with Universal’s initial estimates of mid teens, though trackers initially had its debut set in the high teens.

Twentieth Century Fox comedy “Keeping Up With the Joneses” will have trouble opening into the top five, given the flood of new competition and also holdovers “The Accountant” and “The Girl on the Train.” Starring Gal GadotIsla FisherZach GalifianakisJon Hamm and Patton Oswalt, the film is now expected to earn roughly $5.5 million on its debut, down from previous predictions of $8 million.

Directed by Greg Mottola (“Superbad,” “Adventureland”), the comedy involves a suburban couple who become embroiled in an international espionage plot.

Also Read: ‘Ouija: Origin of Evil’ Review: Chilling Sequel Points to Genuine Terror

It has a very low 18 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and a B- CinemaScore — rated by those surveyed on opening night.

“Boo! A Madea Halloween” is open in 2,260 locations and was made for $20 million. Written, directed and starring Tyler Perry, who returns as Madea, the movie follows the wise-cracking grandmotherly character during a haunted Halloween as she fights off killers, ghosts and zombies and also keeps an eye on some misbehaving teens.

In spite of its 33 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, Perry’s movie seems to be hitting a sweet spot with fans, reflected in its A CinemaScore and also its strong box office performance.

Also Read: Leonardo DiCaprio Circles ‘Truevine’ Adaptation for Paramount

“Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” revolves around the mysterious deaths of soldiers who were previously under Reacher’s command.

The Paramount title has a low 39 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and a better CinemaScore of B+.

It’s playing in 3,780 locations and is tracking higher than the opening of the previous installment, which grossed $15 million on its debut and went on to earn $200 million worldwide.

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The sequel, directed by Edward Zwick (“The Last Samurai”), was produced for $60 million, not counting marketing costs. It also stars Cobie Smulders, Aldis Hodge, Danika Yarosh, PatrickHeusinger, Holt McCallany and Robert Knepper.

Meanwhile “Ouija: Origin of Evil” is playing in 3,167 theaters. Made on a modest budget, the studio hopes to replicate the success of the 2014 sleeper hit which earned a lifetime gross of more than $100 million worldwide.

Involving a seance scam in 1967 Los Angeles, the prequel was directed by Mike Flanagan (“Oculus”) and comes from from Blumhouse, Platinum Dunes and Hasbro, and boasts a roster of big name producers including Michael Bay and Jason Blum.

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It has the highest Rotten Tomatoes score of this weekend’s new releases with 81 percent. Though the film may be disappointing fans who gave it a C CinemaScore on opening night.

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Tyler Perry‘s season-appropriate Madea sequel has enough momentum to unseat “Jack Reacher,” as the latest estimates have “Boo! A Madea Halloween” earning more than $25 million on its debut weekend.

Making $9.4 million on Friday alone, the title is far surpassing Lionsgate’s previous predictions of mid-teens set earlier in the week, when trackers had its opening grosses closer to $20 million.

Tom Cruise‘s action sequel “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back,” originally positioned to top the box office, may have to settle for second place, now expected to end the weekend with $24 million. It earned $8.9 million on Friday.

“Ouija: Origin of Evil” should settle into a $13 million debut, in line with Universal’s initial estimates of mid teens, though trackers initially had its debut set in the high teens.

Twentieth Century Fox comedy “Keeping Up With the Joneses” will have trouble opening into the top five, given the flood of new competition and also holdovers “The Accountant” and “The Girl on the Train.” Starring Gal GadotIsla FisherZach GalifianakisJon Hamm and Patton Oswalt, the film is now expected to earn roughly $5.5 million on its debut, down from previous predictions of $8 million.

Directed by Greg Mottola (“Superbad,” “Adventureland”), the comedy involves a suburban couple who become embroiled in an international espionage plot.

It has a very low 18 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and a B- CinemaScore — rated by those surveyed on opening night.

“Boo! A Madea Halloween” is open in 2,260 locations and was made for $20 million. Written, directed and starring Tyler Perry, who returns as Madea, the movie follows the wise-cracking grandmotherly character during a haunted Halloween as she fights off killers, ghosts and zombies and also keeps an eye on some misbehaving teens.

In spite of its 33 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, Perry’s movie seems to be hitting a sweet spot with fans, reflected in its A CinemaScore and also its strong box office performance.

“Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” revolves around the mysterious deaths of soldiers who were previously under Reacher’s command.

The Paramount title has a low 39 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and a better CinemaScore of B+.

It’s playing in 3,780 locations and is tracking higher than the opening of the previous installment, which grossed $15 million on its debut and went on to earn $200 million worldwide.

The sequel, directed by Edward Zwick (“The Last Samurai”), was produced for $60 million, not counting marketing costs. It also stars Cobie Smulders, Aldis Hodge, Danika Yarosh, PatrickHeusinger, Holt McCallany and Robert Knepper.

Meanwhile “Ouija: Origin of Evil” is playing in 3,167 theaters. Made on a modest budget, the studio hopes to replicate the success of the 2014 sleeper hit which earned a lifetime gross of more than $100 million worldwide.

Involving a seance scam in 1967 Los Angeles, the prequel was directed by Mike Flanagan (“Oculus”) and comes from from Blumhouse, Platinum Dunes and Hasbro, and boasts a roster of big name producers including Michael Bay and Jason Blum.

It has the highest Rotten Tomatoes score of this weekend’s new releases with 81 percent. Though the film may be disappointing fans who gave it a C CinemaScore on opening night.

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Critics Agree: ‘Keeping Up With the Joneses’ Is ‘a Waste’

Critics aren’t down to keep up with the Jones family — the first reviews for “Keeping Up with The Joneses” are in, and they’re not good.

Reviews call the film “flat and uninspired,” “infuriating” and “a waste,” accounting for an 15 percent Rotten Tomatoes score.

In fact, several critics have called the film a waste, with TheWrap’s film critic Alonso Duralde saying that the actors “waste their time and ours.”

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“Bad movies often get made with the best of intentions, and promising source material can go south for any number of reasons, but ‘Keeping Up with the Joneses’ is so staggeringly mediocre and bereft of ideas that it seems impossible to believe that Jon Hamm, Zach Galifianakis, Gal GadotIsla Fisher and director Greg Mottola (‘Adventureland’) went to work every day feeling anything but a gnawing sense of time being wasted.”

The film is about a suburban couple that becomes enthralled with its seemingly perfect neighbors, who turn out to be government spies.

Read the seven most merciless reviews below.

Steve Persall, Tampa Bay Times:
“‘Keeping Up with the Joneses’ is so flat and uninspired than its MacGuffin is microchips (again) and not even bringing in Patton Oswalt as a closer can save it. Zany just slumped out of the room, with madcap dragging behind.”

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Bilge Ebiri, Village Voice:
“Even those of us with a soft spot for dumb, high-concept Hollywood comedies might be outraged by the limp, unfunny nothingburger that is ‘Keeping Up with the Joneses.’ A wan attempt to mix the comedy of domestic anxiety with the comedy of inept espionage — think ‘Neighbors’ meets ‘Central Intelligence’ — Greg Mottola‘s film plays like a rough outline waiting to be filled in. It’s as if somebody wrote out the basic setup, figured they would flesh out the character bits and plot twists and jokes later … and then never got around to it. It’s dispiriting and infuriating all at once.”

Matt Donato, We Got This Covered:
“‘Keeping Up With The Joneses’ plays everything so disappointingly safe. Momentary action asides rain bullets and kill henchmen while the Gaffneys cower in the corner, and a cameo appearance by one of today’s geek stand-up kings is nothing short of face-recognition laughs. Galifianakis finds himself in yet another role that keeps him cheery, sunny and predictably oblivious to life’s darker side. Never, not once, is there any notion of deviating from norms in Michael LeSieur’s paint-by-numbers screenplay — there’s nothing more to say then you’ve seen this all before, and you’ll see it all again.”

Chris Barsanti, Film Journal International:
“‘Keeping Up with the Joneses’ carries with it the aura of the kind of disastrous comedy that usually gets dumped unceremoniously in the tail end of a slow summer. But while an October release for a turkey like this is unusual, that doesn’t make the film itself any less of a waste.”

John Hazelton, Screen International:
“The script by Michael LeSieur (‘You, Me, and Dupree’) provides very little for the cast to build on and even with comedy dab hand Greg Mottola (‘Superbad’ and ‘Adventureland’) directing the film often feels flat when it should be light-footed.”

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Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews:
“‘Joneses’ earned a delay from early April to late October, which is evident from the terrible wig slapped on Jon Hamm for the reshoot of a cobra-themed-restaurant scene. Reshoots didn’t help (this is, after all, a film that dusts off the accidental-snake-bite scene and the accidental-sleep-dart scene). Comedy cannot exist in a vacuum. ‘Keeping Up with the Joneses’ totally wastes the time of a handful of very funny actors, a hard-working crew, and everyone else unfortunate enough to wander into this unfortunate, unpleasant, unfunny movie.”

Ed Gonzales, Slant Magazine:
“By the time ‘Keeping Up with the Joneses’ limps toward its Marrakech-set epilogue, there’s a sense that the film’s experiment in social osmosis is as much a failure as its B-sitcom-grade yuks. In the end, the only lesson anyone learns is the one we pick up from the no-fucks-given faces of the Joneses.”

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Critics aren’t down to keep up with the Jones family — the first reviews for “Keeping Up with The Joneses” are in, and they’re not good.

Reviews call the film “flat and uninspired,” “infuriating” and “a waste,” accounting for an 15 percent Rotten Tomatoes score.

In fact, several critics have called the film a waste, with TheWrap’s film critic Alonso Duralde saying that the actors “waste their time and ours.”

“Bad movies often get made with the best of intentions, and promising source material can go south for any number of reasons, but ‘Keeping Up with the Joneses’ is so staggeringly mediocre and bereft of ideas that it seems impossible to believe that Jon Hamm, Zach Galifianakis, Gal GadotIsla Fisher and director Greg Mottola (‘Adventureland’) went to work every day feeling anything but a gnawing sense of time being wasted.”

The film is about a suburban couple that becomes enthralled with its seemingly perfect neighbors, who turn out to be government spies.

Read the seven most merciless reviews below.

Steve Persall, Tampa Bay Times:
“‘Keeping Up with the Joneses’ is so flat and uninspired than its MacGuffin is microchips (again) and not even bringing in Patton Oswalt as a closer can save it. Zany just slumped out of the room, with madcap dragging behind.”

Bilge Ebiri, Village Voice:
“Even those of us with a soft spot for dumb, high-concept Hollywood comedies might be outraged by the limp, unfunny nothingburger that is ‘Keeping Up with the Joneses.’ A wan attempt to mix the comedy of domestic anxiety with the comedy of inept espionage — think ‘Neighbors’ meets ‘Central Intelligence’ — Greg Mottola‘s film plays like a rough outline waiting to be filled in. It’s as if somebody wrote out the basic setup, figured they would flesh out the character bits and plot twists and jokes later … and then never got around to it. It’s dispiriting and infuriating all at once.”

Matt Donato, We Got This Covered:
“‘Keeping Up With The Joneses’ plays everything so disappointingly safe. Momentary action asides rain bullets and kill henchmen while the Gaffneys cower in the corner, and a cameo appearance by one of today’s geek stand-up kings is nothing short of face-recognition laughs. Galifianakis finds himself in yet another role that keeps him cheery, sunny and predictably oblivious to life’s darker side. Never, not once, is there any notion of deviating from norms in Michael LeSieur’s paint-by-numbers screenplay — there’s nothing more to say then you’ve seen this all before, and you’ll see it all again.”

Chris Barsanti, Film Journal International:
“‘Keeping Up with the Joneses’ carries with it the aura of the kind of disastrous comedy that usually gets dumped unceremoniously in the tail end of a slow summer. But while an October release for a turkey like this is unusual, that doesn’t make the film itself any less of a waste.”

John Hazelton, Screen International:
“The script by Michael LeSieur (‘You, Me, and Dupree’) provides very little for the cast to build on and even with comedy dab hand Greg Mottola (‘Superbad’ and ‘Adventureland’) directing the film often feels flat when it should be light-footed.”

Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews:
“‘Joneses’ earned a delay from early April to late October, which is evident from the terrible wig slapped on Jon Hamm for the reshoot of a cobra-themed-restaurant scene. Reshoots didn’t help (this is, after all, a film that dusts off the accidental-snake-bite scene and the accidental-sleep-dart scene). Comedy cannot exist in a vacuum. ‘Keeping Up with the Joneses’ totally wastes the time of a handful of very funny actors, a hard-working crew, and everyone else unfortunate enough to wander into this unfortunate, unpleasant, unfunny movie.”

Ed Gonzales, Slant Magazine:
“By the time ‘Keeping Up with the Joneses’ limps toward its Marrakech-set epilogue, there’s a sense that the film’s experiment in social osmosis is as much a failure as its B-sitcom-grade yuks. In the end, the only lesson anyone learns is the one we pick up from the no-fucks-given faces of the Joneses.”

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