The Joneses

2009 R 1h 49m Blu-ray / DVD

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The Joneses

2009 R 1h 49m Blu-ray / DVD
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In this smart drama about the dark side of a material world, it's impossible to keep up with the Joneses, a suburban family with good looks, fancy cars, a sprawling estate and... a shocking secret the neighbors would never guess.
Format
Blu-ray DVD
Screen
Widescreen 2:40:1
Subtitles
English, Spanish (Neutral)
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1
Screen
Widescreen 2:40:1
Subtitles
English, Spanish (Neutral)
CC
No
Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1
Rating
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 17+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 17+
  • David Duchovny
  • Demi Moore
  • Amber Heard
  • Ben Hollingsworth
  • Gary Cole
  • Glenne Headly
  • Lauren Hutton
  • Chris Williams
  • Christine Evangelista
  • Robert Pralgo
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Reviews

age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this worthy satire pokes fun at materialism while making it look very tantalizing in the process (thanks to a load of product placement throughout the film). One of the teen girl characters is sexually intimate with at least two older men, and we see her breasts briefly and hear sexual sounds, though no activity appears onscreen. A teen boy kisses another boy before being rebuffed. Teens drink alcohol and drive drunk. There's some pot-smoking and diet pill-popping, along with a good amount of swearing ("f--k" and "bitch"). Yet the movie has the potential to start some meaningful discussions about materialism and how products are sold to consumers.

Sexual Content

A teenager is seen quickly getting into the bed of an older man naked, though the audience doesn't get a glimpse of anything else but her breasts (and only briefly at that). She is also shown under covers with her shoulders bared, making out with another, also older, man. They're also heard moaning off-camera. A couple kisses passionately a few times. Some sexual innuendos.

Violence

A teenager punches another guy who makes a pass at him and yells out a homophobic slur. A couple argues loudly. A character commits suicide by drowning himself.

Language

Some strong language, including "bitch," "s--t," "ass" and "f--k." Also, one "Goddamn."

Social Behavior

It's simple, really: Things won't make you happy. They can even make you downright miserable. Still, there's a reason why spending to get them is so alluring. But there's a bigger price to pay than what's on the receipt; and behind every product is a salesperson who cares not a whit about what happens to you if you buy more than you can afford.

Consumerism

Where to start? The film is laden with labels, everything from Van Cleef and Arpels, Audi, MBT sneakers, Dell, YSL, Style.com, and even a toilet named Toto. Many logos are visible, many products name-checked. The movie is practically the Home Shopping Network. But all this is intended to poke fun at our cultural obsessions with products like these.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Social drinking; teens imbibe alcohol at a party and drive while loaded; teen pot-smoking and diet pill overuse.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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