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Reviews in Brief: The Joneses

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The 411: Writer and Director Derrick Borte brings us a family movie with a twist starring Demi Moore and David Duchovny. They all seem like a pretty normal all-American family, with their kids played by Amber Heard and American newcomer Ben Hollingsworth. But looks can be deceiving and they all have a few tricks up their sleeves that will help them in their mission but also destroy one of them.

The Good: This is one of the most original movies that I have ever had the pleasure to watch! It's an original idea with a normal setup where you fall for the main character. It also added something that I personally have never experienced in a movie before. That would be to feel — for real — for the secondary characters. Then, hidden in this non-family film, comes a plot point that wasn't expected but will surprise a few people.

The Bad:
It's a movie that doesn't hide trying to be an advertisement for products, such as Audi cars, as you see their logo on the cars that the family drives as well as those of other characters later on in the movie. I really didn't see the point in Amber Heard's topless scene. I saw it as just a way to see her nude.

The Last Word: This has the most original plot and story of any movie right now and it is a breath of fresh air to see something new.

Theater, DVD, or Cable: I would recommend that you see the matinee screening.

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  • Your “Bad” makes no sense. It’s a family who is secretly marketing products, so of course you are going to see products highlighted. Were you expecting everything to be labeled Acme or Brand X?

    And exactly how many movies have you seen before? Rather unbelievable that you’ve never felt “for real” for secondary characters.