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The Joneses Review

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1.0

Dave White Profile

Go sell it somewhere else. Read full review

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  • 3.0
    55

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    What could have been a biting black comedy taking product placement to the logical extreme instead is so obviously predictable that even a savvy cast led by David Duchovny and Demi Moore can't sell it.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    This cautionary tale might be easier to swallow if all that stuff didn't look like it came from a Sky Mall catalog.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Crass materialism and ridiculous marketing ploys are skewered by writer/director Derrick Borte in this uneven cautionary tale that starts off incisively funny, then devolves into preachiness.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

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

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this worthy satire pokes fun at materialism while making it look very tantalizing in the process (thanks to a load of product placement throughout the film). One of the teen girl characters is sexually intimate with at least two older men, and we see her breasts briefly and hear sexual sounds, though no activity appears onscreen. A teen boy kisses another boy before being rebuffed. Teens drink alcohol and drive drunk. There’s some pot-smoking and diet pill-popping, along with a good amount of swearing ("f--k" and "bitch"). Yet the movie has the potential to start some meaningful discussions about materialism and how products are sold to consumers.

  • Families can talk about the marketing tactic that the Joneses employ: Is it believable? Is it, in fact, happening now to a certain extent?
  • What is marketing, and how does it work in everyday life? What makes consumers want to buy what they do?
  • What are the consequences of overspending? What is its allure considering how destructive it can be?

The good stuff
  • message true2

    Messages: It’s simple, really: Things won’t make you happy. They can even make you downright miserable. Still, there’s a reason why spending to get them is so alluring. But there’s a bigger price to pay than what’s on the receipt; and behind every product is a salesperson who cares not a whit about what happens to you if you buy more than you can afford.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: The Joneses are seen as role models in the movie, and yet clearly they’re flawed and, more important, happily so. (They sure do make the pursuit of products look so good.) Others covet what they have and make spending decisions accordingly. Teenagers drink and drive drunk, and hold in high regard those who have the latest and greatest (just like their parents). Many of them suffer the consequences, and the downsides of their seemingly perfect lifestyles are unmasked.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: A teenager punches another guy who makes a pass at him and yells out a homophobic slur. A couple argues loudly. A character commits suicide by drowning himself.

  • sex false3

    Sex: A teenager is seen quickly getting into the bed of an older man naked, though the audience doesn’t get a glimpse of anything else but her breasts (and only briefly at that). She is also shown under covers with her shoulders bared, making out with another, also older, man. They’re also heard moaning off-camera. A couple kisses passionately a few times. Some sexual innuendos.

  • language false4

    Language: Some strong language, including “bitch,” “s--t,” "ass" and "f--k.” Also, one "Goddamn."

  • consumerism false5

    Consumerism: Where to start? The film is laden with labels, everything from Van Cleef and Arpels, Audi, MBT sneakers, Dell, YSL, Style.com, and even a toilet named Toto. Many logos are visible, many products name-checked. The movie is practically the Home Shopping Network. But all this is intended to poke fun at our cultural obsessions with products like these.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false4

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Social drinking; teens imbibe alcohol at a party and drive while loaded; teen pot-smoking and diet pill overuse.

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