CinemaDave (cinemadave) wrote,
CinemaDave
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Meet "The Jones," but don't try to keep up with them!


Meet **The Joneses,** the perfect nuclear family who seem to have everything. Dad Jones (David Duchovny),
is a hit at the country club, Mom Jones (Demi Moore) hosts the best tupper ware-like parties in town and their teen aged children get good grades and are popular in high school. With all this materialistic success, there must be a catch. The reality is that the Family Jones does not exist, the four individuals are sales people for an elaborate multi-level marketing business.

Part Patrick McGoohan's **The Prisoner,** part **The Truman Show** and part **Stepford Wives,** **The Jones**looks at the plastic veneer of consumerism. For most of the running time, this sartical film is humorous. However **The Joneses** loses it's edge when David Duchovny starts preaching about materialism.

After admiring the false world of **The Joneses,** the climax feels more false as the characters supposedly find their humanity. The transition from cartoon reality to humanistic values is not successful, despite some fine performances by Gary Cole, Glynne Headly and Demi Moore.
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