Anyone who has spent ay amount of time living in the suburbs has often experienced the intense feelings of jealousy and envy that arise when one’s neighbors appear to be having a better time than you are. Sometimes the feeling can arise over something as trivial as the arrival of a new car or lawn mower, while at other moments one might believe that the friendly couple from next door is currently experiencing an intimacy with one another that rivals the one you currently share with your respective better half.
Such is the premise for the new studio comedy from director Greg Mottola (Superbad) in Keeping Up With the Joneses, which is set to star Zach Galifianakis (Baskets) and Isla Fisher (The Brothers Grimsby) as the ordinary suburban couple while Jon Hamm (Minions) and Gal Gadot (Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice) play the role of the alluring secret agents next door. What follows is an off-the-wall undercover agent comedy that is sure to turn heads when the film sees theatrical release later this fall.
In the first official trailer featured above, Galifianakis plays another version of the lovable goof that he has made a name for himself portraying over the past few years, while Fisher plays second fiddle as the beleaguered housewife. When the two suburbanites meet Hamm and Gadot, however, their entire world is turned upside down, and their humdrum existence is traded in for the taut, thrilling world of international espionage.
Check out the official plot synopsis for Keeping Up With the Joneses below:
“An ordinary suburban couple finds it’s not easy keeping up with the Joneses – their impossibly gorgeous and ultra-sophisticated new neighbors – especially when they discover that Mr. and Mrs. ‘Jones’ are covert operatives.”
Whether or not Mottola and company will be able to breathe life into what appears at first glance to be another tired trope masquerading as a novel motion picture production remains to be seen. Based purely on the footage released above the movie doesn’t look particularly promising, though Galifianakis has served to enliven many a clichéd comedy script in the past, and with any luck Hamm will serve to make the entire affair more thrilling than it reads on paper.
Superbad shot Mottola into the spotlight as a premiere studio comedy filmmaker, and Keeping Up With the Joneses could be the film to bring him back into the mainstream after spending a substantial amount of time working for various television programs behind the scenes. On that note, here’s to hoping that Mottola’s new movie delivers on more than the overstated content of its title.
Keeping Up With the Joneses will see theatrical release in the U.S. on October 21, 2016.
Source: 20th Century Fox