Thursday, 15 August 2013

We're The Millers

WRITTEN BY: Bob Fisher, Steve Faber, Sean Anders, John Morris
DIRECTED BY: Rawson Marshall Thurber
STARRING: Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Will Poulter, Emma Roberts, Ed Helms
RATING: 3.5 stars

Usually, when you have four writers on a film, it becomes a bit of a mess of ideas. Fortunately, that was not the case in We're The Millers. There are plenty of fun gags, but the plot is always moving along nicely too, so no scene feels out of place. There is also a good amount of character development so we learn a lot about the protagonists and care about their journey. But mostly, and importantly, it is just plain hilarious with its inappropriate and wild humour.

David Burke (Jason Sudeikis) is a pot dealer who loses his stash and money when he is attacked by some thugs. Facing a large debt to his supplier, Brad (Ed Helms), David makes a deal to smuggle "a smidge" of drugs from Mexico into the United States. To make it through customs, David enlists the help of his stripper neighbour Rose (Jennifer Aniston), geeky neighbour Kenny (Will Poulter) and runaway teenager Casey (Emma Roberts) to pretend to be the Miller family on a 4th of July caravan vacation. What could possibly go wrong with that plan?

Sudeikis is a likeable actor. His comedic timing is spot on and he has great chemistry with Aniston. Speaking of Aniston, she was quite convincing in this motherly role but surprisingly lacked believability as a sexy stripper. Even her much talked about seductive strip tease scene lacked spark. Despite her great figure, she is more of a "girl next door" than a bombshell. But we can overlook that because she is a clever comedic actress and her performance in this film was solid. Roberts was also strong, but it was Poulter who stole most scenes. He was hilarious in everything from his rap scene, spider bite horror and kissing lesson. I won't spoil the details of any of those moments. Nick Offerman, Kathryn Hahn and Molly Quinn play another family caravanning in the area and very funny too.

We're The Millers is not going to stimulate your intellect, but it sure will make you laugh out loud a lot with its crude humour.


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