Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016)

Isla plays Karen

Director: Greg Mottola
Writer(s): Michael LeSieur
Genre: Comedy, Action
Filming: Filmed in Atlanta, Georgia in 2015
Box Office:
Rating: PG-13


An ordinary suburban couple (Zach Galifianakis, Isla Fisher) finds it’s not easy keeping up with the Joneses (Jon Hamm, Gal Gadot) – their impossibly gorgeous and ultra-sophisticated new neighbors – especially when they discover that Mr. and Mrs. “Jones” are covert operatives.



Zach Galifianakis … as Jeff
Jon Hamm … as Tim
Gal Gadot … as Natalie
Patton Oswalt … as Bruce
Maribeth Monroe … as Meg Craverston


International Release Dates

US – October 21st 2016
Brazil – October 27th 2916
UK – October 28th 2016
Germany – December 1st 2016
Singapore – December 1st 2016


Character Information

Isla plays Karen, a suburban wife married to Zac Galifianakis’s character Jeff, and mother of their children. Karen is a little bit “ditzy”, Isla says, but “smart” and obviously curious, as she develops suspicions about their new neighbours…



Photos: Gallery at Isla Fisher Web
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• Isla and Zach Galifianakis have worked together previously – they shared a scene in TV series Bored To Death.


Quotes: Isla, Cast & Crew

Isla Fisher: “She is actually the girl next door. She’s the mom that we know. She wears the mom jeans, she does the school run…she has a carpool existence and I think that’s what makes her relatable – identifiable – is just the fact she’s every woman. She’s a classic clown character in the sense she’s overconfident, and I’ve made her a little ditzy in order to mine the comedy and also to explain why she’s married to Zach’s character, Jeff, who also has a simplistic attitude to life. In order for that marriage to be believable, I’ve given her a little bit of a silly walk and a little bit of a sillier voice and yet she can say some stupid things when it’s good for comedy, but she’s also very smart. She’s the first one to crack [the Joneses] are not who they say they are. It’s her exploration into their life that uncovers the whole plot, really.”

Isla Fisher: “There’s something very funny with juxtaposing banal BBQ chat with high-end, glossy action. In this case, the genetic gods, Jon Hamm and Gal Gadot, both being absolutely beautiful and incredibly well-dressed and cool – against Zach and I’s characters – it’s instantly funny.”

Isla Fisher: “I think that if you can get a role like I have in got in this movie where I’m not just eye rolling when the guy gets to say a joke and I’m not just a girlfriend or a “wife”, even though I am the wife, I have my own comedy bits that I get to do. I get to do physical comedy, I get to do slapstick, I do deadpan… I do a bunch of different shit in this movie that’s really cool.”

Isla Fisher: “I’m a massive fan of the director. I LOVE him. I’ve seen everything Greg Mottola has done. His original movie right through ADVENTURELAND and PAUL. GM is just a phenomenal comedy director – he reminds me of a Blake Edwards – he could do drama if he wanted to. SUPERBAD is one of the funniest comedies that’s ever been made. And I now, having worked with him and seeing his process, I totally see how he brings that out of everyone. In Greg’s case he’s just very collaborative, and I have a theory that all the best directors are.”

Isla Fisher: “It was my first kiss of that kind, on camera, I must admit. It’s very technical because She’s got lipstick, I got lipstick and we had to keep getting the lipstick off each other . . . it was silly. It was fun. The joke should be that I have to stand on the sofa to kiss her because I am obviously the size of a circus freak [and] she is so tall. This is Karen’s moment where the hero rises to challenge. I steal the knife and I have to find a way of giving it to Gal. It’s motivated by a “real event”. Nothing to do with wanting a moment in the trailer!”

Gal Gadot: “I have a girl crush on Isla. I love her and Zack and they’re hilarious. Really, it sounds too good to be true but everyone is just fantastic.”

Gal Gadot: “Yeah, I threw my back. No, it was a very nice experience. Both of us was very nervous before, but it was fun. She’s a redhead! They can get very aggressive! And now she has babies so she has real . . . *motions towards chest* It was very enjoyable!”


Quotes: Character

Karen: “You don’t think there’s something off about them? They’re both so overly accomplished and stylish.”

Natalie: “I was just leaving Tim a voicemail. He likes to hear from me when I’m trying on lingerie. It’s one of our things. Do you and Jeff have a thing?”
Karen: “We do it really fast, in case the kids coming running into our room.”

Jeff: “I was making a head start!”
Karen: “On your wife?!”

Karen: “We don’t get out very often so we really like to make the most of it.”



The Hollywood Reporter: [Galifianakis] and the always likeable Fisher pull faces and do pratfalls, throwing their considerable skill and timing at material that, apart from a throwaway touch or two (there’s a good quip about crooked British teeth), is essentially irredeemable.”





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Isla and her co-stars appeared on The Today Show on June 22nd 2016 to promote the release of the first trailer.

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Last Updated: July 12th 2016