DF-13591_R2 - It’s been a rough day for suburban couple Jeff and Karen Gaffney (Zach Galifianakis, Isla Fisher) and their neighbors, the covert spies Mr. and Mrs. Jones (Gal Gadot, Jon Hamm). Photo Credit: Bob Mahoney.

There is a deep well of kindness to all the characters that Zach Galifianakis plays. As an HR manager in the suburbanites-caught-up-in-spy-intrigue action comedy Keeping Up with the Joneses, this quality is more relevant than usual. He listens and keeps an open mind, which new neighbor Jon Hamm appreciates even as he is pressing him to divulge information that is sensitive to national security. The film utilizes that empathetic quality, but it feels accidental or noncommittal about it. The climax features the cartoonishly high stakes typical of mediocre action comedies, but with a game cast adept at offbeat line readings, it could have aimed for something more eccentric.

I give Keeping Up with the Joneses 11 Moments of Genuine Connection out of 20 Subterfuges.

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