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The Joneses Blu-ray Review

“The Joneses” has an interesting concept, but the film’s tone is awkward.

The plot: A seemingly picture perfect family of four move into a rich neighborhood. At first, they seem like a perfectly normal, wealthy family, but we soon discover that something seems a bit fishy about this family. As it turns out, this family is not a family at all. Instead, they’re a group of company employees whose job is to essentially promote the latest goods (technology, fashion, etc.) to wealthy people so that they can buy products and drive up sales. The rest of the film deals with the effects of their “sales” on the community and their struggle to be a fake family. 

“The Joneses” starts off as a promising high-concept dramedy. Demi Moore and David Duchovny do a commendable job of drawing viewers into the story with their intriguing characters and their character’s struggles to stay in character as a family. Unfortunately, as with most movies that try to blend the comedy and drama genres together, the movie doesn’t quite work as a whole. Without giving away any spoilers, I will just say a scene near the end of the movie is a little too dark for this movie and it feels like a deleted scene. Granted, the “scene” drives home the themes of consumerism, wealth, and materialism, but it goes a little too far I think. It also doesn’t quite gel with the semi-happy ending. Flaws aside, the movie is still worth a rent for the performances and unique story.

The 2.40:1 1080p is decent, but nothing ride home about. The movie doesn’t exactly strike one as being a must have Blu-ray disc nor do I think many people are clamoring for this title on the format. Still, I’m sure it’s an improvement over the DVD copy.

The 5.1 DTS-HD audio track is adequate. This is very much a dialogue centric flick so the audio track didn’t have much to do.

The only extras are trailers for Fox films and shows and two deleted scenes.

August 16, 2010 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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