We’re the Millers (2013)

Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber

Starring: Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Will Poulter, Emma Roberts, Ed Helms, Nick Offerman

We’re the Millers looked like a truly unique comedy with a seriously great comedic cast. Coming from the director whose only movie worth mentioning was Dodgeball, it’s the movie’s interesting premise that got my and many other’s interest. Oh, and of course, the fact that we get to see Jennifer Aniston strip was a definite plus.

Plot: David (Sudeikis) is a small time drug dealer who finds himself in trouble when he is robbed of his supply. His supplier (Helms) offers him a deal that would forgive David for the lost weed plus $100,000. The offer involves David going to Mexico to pick up a “smidgen” of weed and bring it on back to the U.S. David is hesitant at first but has no other options. He comes up with a plan to get together a fake family including a kid who lives in his building (Poulter), a homeless girl (Roberts), and a stripper (Aniston) who pose as simply going on vacation in Mexico. The border police become the least of David’s worries however when he realizes who the weed really belongs to.

The film is truly funny. I was scared at first going in because I felt like maybe I had seen all the actual funny parts in the trailers a billion times already but there was some great material that was still there. The funny parts you did see in the trailers were only heightened in the movie and I found myself laughing again at them, even more than I had when I first saw the joke. That was a great surprise to the movie. Jason Sudeikis is obviously the star of the show here, both literally and comedically. It was nice to see him in a leading role for once. I’ve only ever seen him as a supporting character except for on SNL. Sudeikis proved he can definitely carry his own and was especially hilarious. The kids and Aniston are also really funny, but it’s Sudeikis who carries most of the jokes and he does it well.

Jennifer Aniston is the second best in We’re the Millers as Rose, a hilarious stripper who proves she can pull off being a “mom”. A lot of the jokes are really aimed at her but she is great in every scene she is in. Will Poulter who plays Kenny was also surprisingly funny. He is mostly “awkwardly funny” though and most of the laughs he provides is because his character is so damn uncomfortable to watch. That can get old about halfway through the movie but it makes for some funny situations. Emma Roberts is just okay here, though. She does help the comedy along but mostly she is there to look like an angsty teenager, which she does. Nick Offerman and Kathryn Hahn play an awkwardly puritanical couple that the family comes across. Their characters definitely add some humor in a few scenes but might be considered a little over-the-top to some.

As far as the plot goes, it’s original enough. The whole smuggling weed from Mexico as a fake family is what struck people’s interest about the movie, but that’s really the only original thing about the plot. From there it is quite predictable. They get into some trouble during the trip and through many events they learn that they actually enjoy being a family and love each other and so on. There’s plenty of cheesy romance moments that include Sudeikis and Aniston looking at each other lovingly after one of them says something cute and such. Yeah the plot is nothing to rave about, but the comedy is really the focus of the movie and what makes it memorable.

The other flaw worth mentioning about the story is that there just lacked a certain urgency to the movie. The big bad drug dealers that they are trying to avoid the whole movie never really pose as a substantial threat. The two encounters they have with them seem like they are over and resolved pretty quickly and we aren’t left any time to worry whether about whether David will be able to accomplish what he set out to do or not. In fact, the whole “climax” of the movie was maybe about ten minutes and just felt like the writers put those bits of conflict in the story because they knew they had to but didn’t want to really spend any actual time on them. But like I said, it’s not the groundbreaking and memorable story that you go to see when you pay 10 bucks to see this movie, it’s the raunchy and hilarious humor that we knew was going to be provided.

Conclusion: We’re the Millers did what it was supposed to and provided many laughs for the audience, with Sudeikis leading most of the comedy but with some great performances by the supporting cast as well. The story was lacking and even came across as lazy as you could tell the writers didn’t really want to focus on the story but on the jokes. It probably wasn’t the best comedy of the summer, I’ll probably have to stick with This is the End or The Heat on that one, but it definitely had it’s memorable moments. It’s really the chemistry among the cast, especially Sudeikis and Aniston, that makes the movie so likable and a comedy worth watching.

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