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Movie Review: Keeping Up With The Joneses is soft around the middle

In your 20s, it might seem like a living death, but once you start getting a little older (and softer, and sleepier), the suburbs start to look, well, kind of attractive. Who needs high crime rates and $13 cocktails? You’ve got nothing to prove anymore. The same—we assume for the purposes of this metaphor, anyway—applies to easy gigs in Hollywood comedies, where the closest thing to an edgy joke is some year-old crack about Caitlyn Jenner and you can be back at your hotel by 7 every night.

That’s a perfectly plausible explanation for the presence of Jon Hamm, Zach Galifianakis, Gal Gadot, and Isla Fisher in Keeping Up With The Joneses, a perfectly average Hollywood comedy designed to play to perfectly average audiences with a perfectly average fantasy of living a double life in the exciting world of international espionage, at least until the kids …

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