Cert: 15 Runtime: 110 mins Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber Cast: Jason Sudekis, Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts, Will Poulter, Nick Offerman, Tomer Sisley and Ed Helms
The Miller family here reporting for the leisure, sir
I will admit this the main reason I wanted to watch this film was to see Jennifer Aniston play a stripper, I think any red blooded male can admit to that. Once I saw the trailer though it seemed like a funny movie. No one can say no to a good stoner movie, but at the same time it seems rather fresh. So what is We’re the Millers? When small time weed dealer David Burke (Jason Sudeikis) is robbed, he finds himself in debt to fearsome supplier Brad (Ed Helms). To wipe the slate clean and avoid being eaten by Brad’s new pet orca, David agrees to smuggle a ‘smidge’ of marijuana over the border from Mexico. He figures the best way to avoid attracting attention during this mission is to recruit a squeaky-clean all-American family. Rose (Jennifer Aniston), the cynical stripper next door, agrees to pose as his wife. Surly teen Casey (Emma Roberts) and dorky wannabe customer Kenny (Will Poulter) play their kids. Piling aboard a shiny new RV, this unlikely ‘family’ embark on a weekend adventure that none of them will forget in a hurry!
Well in truth I indeed laughed my head off at this movie that had a bit of comedy for all to enjoy and relish in. We’re the Millers somehow had me laughing at the more mature and drug centred themes. The sexual innuendos, awkward situations, and crossing into uncomfortable territory were gradually increased in intensity as the journey continued, instead of cranking the awkward level up to max at the very beginning. Perhaps what I liked even more was the fact that all these situations were cleverly integrated into the façade of the dysfunctional family, instead of just having idiotic characters mouth of and randomly spouting out disgusting and awkward phrases. Unlike many modern stoner/alcoholic comedies, this movie also broadens its humour to not just focus on sex and masturbation, but again cross into uncomfortable subjects without turning into an R rated light porno.Of course no good comedy can be done without a good dialogue and acting. We’re the Millers definitely isn’t the best when it comes to these things, but it’s certainly built for the fun adventure to be had. Sudeikis for once isn’t a complete pervert or idiot as I’ve found him to play in previous roles, and somehow cruses his way past my low tolerance level to be funny. Roberts is enjoyable as well, not only very beautiful, but brings some edge to her insults that remind me of my roommate’s quips.
Yet for me, it has to be Poulter and Aniston who got me to laugh the hardest. Poulter’s character Kenny is like a geeky, innocent, and big hearted, whose qualities counter the selfishness of the other three. While some will find this annoying, this good Samaritan attitude keeps the comedy balanced and adapting as Kenny’s experiences, and in some cases inexperience, leads to the family having to shove their morals aside and do something funny to save the day. Aniston is just as good as she always does, using her beauty and talents to create a believable, and often-lovable character. The actress uses her body, words, and reactions to drive every scene, often stealing the show and causing the most laughs for me. Her ability to use sarcasm is fantastic; the way she slings her curses sparingly and well timed to get the most laughs and not be annoying. Of course alone these characters are good, but together they really shine, and when combined with the extras, makes for a fun, albeit crude adventure. While definitely not a masterpiece in terms of story, character development, or really fantastic editing, We’re the Millers is very fun and enjoyable.