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Keeping Up with the Joneses [2016] [PG-13] - 5.5.5

 
 

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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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Sex & Nudity
Violence & Gore
Profanity
1 to 10

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New neighbors (Jon Hamm and Gal Gadot) in an Atlanta cul-de-sac bring intrigue when they are suspected of not being what they claim, and an otherwise ordinary couple (Zach Galifianakis and Isla Fisher) becomes embroiled in international espionage. Also with Patton Oswalt, Ming Zhao, Matt Walsh, Maribeth Monroe, Michael Liu and Kevin Dunn. Directed by Greg Mottola. A few lines of dialogue are in foreign languages with no subtitles but a character translates (presumably correctly). [1:45]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A husband and his wife kiss passionately and fall back onto a table that collapses, they open champagne and it sprays on them, they continue kissing under a blanket (she lies on top of him and we see her bra straps) and the room ignites from candles that they knock over (the scene was imagined). A husband climbs on top of his wife in bed and says that they should have sex; she declines saying that it is so late. A wife licks her husband's ear a couple of times, they fall to the floor and she climbs on top of his back where she thrusts until he says it's not a good time for sex. A husband and his wife kiss and pull at each other's clothes and we hear moaning and panting while a man listening to the activities through a bug on the first man's tie looks concerned, and then says, "They're done."
 A wife drops her robe in front of her husband and we see her wearing a bustier, panties and stockings that reveal cleavage, bare shoulders and legs; her husband kisses her and moves on top of her on a sofa until they are interrupted by a glass sculpture being kicked on the floor and breaking. A woman unfastens the bra strap of another woman as they stand in a fitting room together and try on lingerie (we see the woman's bare back, shoulders and cleavage). A woman wearing lingerie in a department store fitting room is shown wearing a lace trimmed bra, panties, thigh-high stocking and a garter (cleavage, bare abdomen, bare legs to the hip and lower buttocks are seen); she tells another woman that she calls her husband from the fitting room to tell him what she is wearing and how it makes her feel. A woman lifts her skirt to reveal stockings with a gun and a clip tucked into the tops (we see her bare legs from a slit from stocking top to her panties leg). A woman wears a short dress that is low-cut in the back and it reveals her bare back and legs to the upper thighs. A woman wears a low-cut, short dress that reveals cleavage, bare back and legs to mid-thighs. A woman wears tight-fitting work out clothing and we see the outline of her buttocks when her husband carries her over his shoulder. We see up a woman's skirt as she falls back off a sofa while wearing a tight-fitting skirt (we see upper thighs). A woman lifts another woman's leg to put a show on her foot (we see the woman's bare thigh). A woman seated at a table shown with a short dress bares her leg through a slit. A woman says that what another woman is wearing is "pornographic" and other women scowl at the woman wearing the revealing dress as they watch the husband of one of them take a picture of the woman.
 Two women kiss and one passes the other a knife (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). A wife sits her husband in a chair, straddles him and he kisses her neck (they are interrupted). A husband and his wife hug.
 A woman runs to her husband who lifts her into the air and they kiss when he places her on the ground. Two women perform Kegel exercises while standing in a fitting room and make moaning sounds.
 A married couple talks to another married couple about having sex now that their kids are away at camp; one woman makes suggestive movements with her hips and hands and then makes a sound like an animal. A married woman says that oral sex night (using crude terms) is cancelled for her husband. A woman talks to another woman about her sex life with her husband. A man tells a woman, "You throw like a girl," and she later tells him, "Maybe I can teach you how to throw like a girl." A wife accuses her husband of having a "man crush." A married man talks about the blood moving from his head to his midsection as he follows his wife upstairs (sex is suggested, but they are interrupted). A married woman talks to her husband about having sex on a school night. A husband says to his wife, "Thanks so much for the sex." A woman talks about being "sexually vibrant."

VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A man is shot in the head by a sniper and we see blood spurt from the wound; another man and his wife hide behind a car and the sniper shoots at them (the husband says that he was hit, but it was coffee that splashed on him). A woman throws a knife into a man's neck and we hear him gurgling and then see blood gushing from the wound. A house explodes and we see flames and debris blow through the air (we see this scene twice); we are told that the homeowners were killed in the explosion (we do not see bodies). A hotel hallway explodes and presumably blows up anyone standing in the hallway.
 A man and a woman in a car shoot at a sniper in a building and another man and a woman get into the car; they are chased by several armed people on motorcycles and they exchange fire (we see most of the motorcycles flip and throw their riders but we do not see injuries); a bomb explodes between two motorcycles, presumably dispatching them and their riders (we do not see the results). A man and a woman stand in a café and open fire on four men hiding in box seats nearby. Several people in a room open fire on each other and we see many bodies fall after having been struck (we see no blood). A man shoots at another man who jumps out of an open window and into a swimming pool below (he is unharmed). Two men argue in an office and one jumps onto the other knocking them both onto the floor where they yell (one man says, "I'll kill you") and struggle while a third man calls out for someone to call security. Three people jump from a building and into a swimming pool below (no one is harmed).
 A man tries to open a beer bottle using his wedding band and he cuts his finger badly; blood sprays on his shirt and we see blood soak into a handkerchief placed over the wound. A man jumps into a plate glass window and when it doesn't break he falls back and onto the floor (we do not see wounds). A man's hand is shown with a severed snake head biting into his flesh and two other men panic and get an anti-venom injection to stem the effects. Two men drink "snake wine" and we see a cobra inside the bottle of alcohol as one man states that the venom is mostly diluted by the alcohol. A woman is shot in the face with a tranquilizer dart and we see the dart sticking out of her face as she collapses to the floor. A husband picks up his unconscious wife and carries her out of a house; he crashes the woman's head into a door jam and drops her on the floor twice (she grunts but seems OK). A woman threatens to "torch a man's scrotum" for information. A woman says, "Let's waterboard them."
 A human resources exercise has a woman wearing a blindfold fall toward a co-worker that is supposed to catch her, but the blindfolded woman falls the wrong direction and lands hard on the floor off-screen (we hear a grunt; we do not see injuries). A man in a car nearly runs down another man standing in the street. A husband and his wife run around their house packing to make an escape and the wife slaps the husband in the face to help him focus. A woman pulls duct tape off a man's face and he complains; a man pulls duct tape off a woman's face and she complains of the pain. Two men try indoor skydiving and one of them flips out of control and hits the back and side of the air tunnel (he is OK).
 A man sneaks into an office building after hours and hacks into a man's computer to find information. A woman spies on and follows another woman. A man is distraught and yells while telling a security officer that he suspects that his neighbors are spies. A man is startled when his telephone rings in his car.
 A man says that his wife left him and took everything that he had. A wife asks her husband if a bus driver looked sober and tells him that the driver looked at her strangely when she asked to smell his breath (her children were riding on the bus).
 A man holds a wriggling snake, and then places it on a table and hacks it with a large knife several times cutting the snake into pieces (it's being prepared for food) and we see the pieces continue to move even though separated. Two dogs defecate in a yard and we see the feces as the human companion walks away without picking them up. A man makes a joke about yeast infection. A man talks about people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. A man sniffs a microchip that we are told another man smuggled out of a lab by putting it in a balloon and then into his anus.

PROFANITY 5 - At least 1 F-word, 6 sexual references, 9 scatological terms (2 mild), 7anatomical terms (1 mild), 3 mild obscenities, name-calling (crazy, bananas, weird, psychopath, loser, psycho, idiot, Lad Macbeth, sad), exclamations (my gosh, shut-up), 3 religious profanities (GD), 20 religious exclamations (e.g. God, Jesus, Jesus Christ, Oh My God, Sweet Baby Jesus, For Christ's Sake, Thank God). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man is injected in the arm with an anti-venom drug after being bitten by a snake, and a man uses an inhaler (it's not clear what his ailment is). A husband and his wife drink champagne and the husband spills some on the wife (this is imagined), a wife asks her husband if a bus driver looked sober and tells him that the driver looked at her strangely when she asked to smell his breath (her children were riding on the bus), people drink beer at a neighborhood block party, a man says that he makes his own home-brew, two men drink a lot of "snake wine," two men are seen at a home-brewing supply store and we see the paraphernalia on shelves, and people drink glasses of champagne. A man and a woman smoke a hookah pipe.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Relationships, friendships, marriage, stress, anxiety, job dissatisfaction, spies, secrets, espionage, expectations, perfection, values, doubt, life plan, torture, water-boarding, torturing for information, suicide, depression, honesty, morality, .

MESSAGE - Living on a suburban cul-de-sac isn't always boring.

Special Keywords: S5 - V5 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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