The Joneses [Blu-ray]
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David Duchovny and Demi Moore really shine as Steve and Kate Jones, a couple who move into an upscale community, complete with all the coollest gadgets, toys and cars. They look like such a NICE couple, like the kind you remember from Normal Rockwell paintings, or from the Andy Griffith show in the early 1960s. Just nice, honorable, pleasant people, the kind you'd want to have as your next door neighbors. But things are not as they seem. Without giving away the plot --- which is really refreshingly unusual --- we soon find that we do indeed need to be skeptical of them. But everyone in their neighborhood is totally taken in, and soon they are all competing with the Joneses to keep up with or even surpass them, with some distastrous and painful results.
Gary Cole, a highly underrated actor --- he was fabulous years ago as the convicted killer Jeffrey Macdonald --- brings touching tenderness to a role that could merely have served as a plot device.Read more ›
The Joneses is about a family (David Duchovny, Demi Moore, Amber Heard, Ben Hollingsworth) that moves into town. They're a beautiful family, a perfect family, with cool children and all the right products. So of course, seeing them, you naturally want what they have, you want to be them, and how better to be them than to buy the products they own, which they will so gladly and frequently tell you about.
If you've heard of stealth marketing (e.g., where popular high school students are given products by a company so that other less popular students will see this and also want the same product) you will figure out within the first few minutes of the film what the story is about. And you will be way ahead of the filmmakers, who continue to reveal the information in a way that shows they don't realize you've gotten it.
The movie is also about the neighbors (Gary Cole, Glenne Headly), who represent all of us, and who fall for the ruse, with tragic consequences.
This movie has the aspirations of a Truman Show or of a great novel. It tries to add some complexity into the mix by showing how human needs and motivations can disrupt even the best corporate schemes. It creates many admirable questions: In a society based on capitalism can you trust that the salesperson or even your neighbor is telling you the truth? Those products you see your neighbors using: did they even pay for those with their own money? Why do we allow corporations to do this? How is it some people are willing to lie and manipulate others so ruthlessly? What are the consequences to society of allowing our corporations to engage in this behavior?Read more ›
This movie is about a family, that is much like many families of current times. This movie shows reality. This movie shows why many people are in their current circumstances.
This movies show why you should not covet anyone on anything. You get to see what coveting gets you.
Great lessons can be learned from this movie. Many things may glitter but do they really have value?
We own this movie and use it a reminder to remain humble, and keep people first, and to love people first and not fall into the trap of consumerism. To be great stewards over what the Lord has provided and not to get caught up into this material world.
Take a look around and see all the materialism. Look at how all it take is for someone to purchase something, show it off and then every one wants it. Watch the Ethos DVD, you can purchase that DVD here on Amazon.
We have cut down on our consumerism in many ways, cutting cable off, (we use Roku and Logitech revue Google T.V. to stream, antenna T.V, with Moho antenna to view T.V.) growing our on veggies, the use of magic jack or Nettalk for phone service, no smart cell phones for a household of more than six (my husband is the only one who has a smart cell phone due to his job). Cooking at home and much much more. This movie is confirmation that we have made the right steps and will continue to make the right steps in this direction. We have more quality time, and a much better more free lifestyle. We also save much more without a cable bill and smart phone data packages that everyone has to have now days.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very interesting play on how companies lure us in and control our lives with innovative and creative product placement, with a great underlying drama that draws you in and makes... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kim49442
Amber Heard plays the 'fake' daughter ... unusual story premise keeps you wondering whats next .. Duchovny and Demi Moore give reasonable performances .. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lawrence Martin
Already owned the movie in the past but I lost it. Always a good moviePublished 3 months ago by Paiggeerr
I though this movie was funny, a little disturbing, shocking, and overall entertaining. I would have like this movie even if I was not an Audi fan, as this movie, much like iron... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Dana Leasman
I really liked the plot and the meaning behind this movie. The DVD arrived in perfect condition and the seller was swift about delivery. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Raquel Y. Eldridge-Gradnigo
It has been a long time since I saw Demi Moore in a movie. And in this one she is as beautiful as ever. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Eugenia
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