We’re The Millers (2013)

WereTheMillersPosterStarring: Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Will Poulter, Emma Roberts, Ed Helms, Nick Offerman, Kathryn Hahn, Molly C. Quinn, Tomer Sisley, Mark L. Young, Luis Guzman, Thomas Lennon, Matthew Willig, Ken Marino, Laura-Leigh, Scott Adsit.

Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Rating: R (for crude sexual content, pervasive language, drug material and brief graphic nudity.)
Running Time: 110 Minutes
Release Date: August 7, 2013

BenderSpink, New Line Cinema, Vincent Newman Entertainment and Warner Bros.

Written by: Bob Fisher, Steve Faber, Sean Anders, John Morris (Screenplay); Bob Fisher and Steve Faber (story).

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

We’re The Millers. You’re probably familiar with this film because of the boy who raps to TLC at the end of the trailer. Also, if you’ve seen the trailer, you also know what will happen at every point in this movie. That doesn’t mean that you won’t enjoy the movie!

David Clark (Jason Sudeikis) is a successful, low-key drug dealer, until he loses his stash and all of his money in a mugging. His neighbor, Kenny (Will Poulter), is without a mother and living on his own and asks to help David in any way he can. Unfortunately for David, his boss Brad Gurdlinger (Ed Helms) wants David to travel into Mexico and smuggle a “smidge” of marijuana back for him.

Realizing that he throws up way to many red flags as a drug dealer, David recruits Kenny to be his son and then asks his stripper neighbor, Rose (Jennifer Aniston), to be his wife. Next, he turns to a younger homeless girl named Casey (Emma Roberts) to be his daughter. Now, we have all the members of the Miller family!

Emma Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis and Will Poulter (L-R) star in "We're The Millers" (Warner Bros.)

Emma Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis and Will Poulter (L-R) star in “We’re The Millers” (Warner Bros.)

From then on, the Millers head down to Mexico to pick up that “smidge” of marijuana, only to discover that a “smidge” means an RV’s worth. Plus, that marijuana doesn’t actually belong to Brad. As a result, the Millers will have to race home to try to get their cash rewards, but not before they break down and make camp with the Fitzgeralds (Nick Offerman, Kathryn Hahn & Molly C. Quinn).

There’s the basic plot and within that story is, potentially, a hilarious movie which works on most levels. Unfortunately  We’re The Millers falls short, due to its own reluctance to stick with the dark comedy aspect. Director Rawson Marshall Thurber (Dodgeball) has assembled a hilarious cast that just feels so underused. In particular, Emma Roberts seems wasted, given hardly any funny lines whatsoever.

On the film’s lighter side is Nick Offerman and Kathryn Hahn as the Fitzgeralds. Their struggling marriage finds help when the Millers make camp with them. Offerman and Hahn ask the other “married” couple to experiment with them on certain things to spice up their marriage, in a scene that will have you laughing until your side hurts. It’s those few scenes in the movie that scream the potential this film had, but like most comedies these days, We’re The Millers tries to turn lighter at the end and that’s where it breaks down. It’s a funny movie, but the best moments are found in the trailer.

Photo: Warner Bros.

Photo: Warner Bros.

The performances are all pretty entertaining. Jason Sudeikis is perfect, balancing comedy and seriousness very well. Jennifer Aniston scores with a great performance as a stripper with a good side. Despite being hilarious, Will Poulter is forced into the “awkward” role in the film, a growing problem with comedies in general that seem to force us to have to endure the now standard issue “awkward kid” character. Emma Roberts is not utilized nearly as much as she should have been. While she offers great potential, the screenplay, pulled together by four writers no less, sacrifices her character development for more silliness with Will Poulter’s character. Ed Helms is amusing, but does not really add all that much either. And the screenplay offers him no favors with his dialogue either.

We’re The Millers has a lot of potential as a darker comedy. While its subject matter is certainly darker than one might be anticipating, there are a few moments involving Poulter’s character which lift the movie up a bit. Not satisfied with being a comedy, the film tries to turn 180* and become something of a drama. Unfortunately, We’re The Millers does become very predictable and if you’ve seen the trailer you know what’s going to happen pretty much at the beginning of each scene. That being said however, the movie gets by just enough with an amazingly funny cast who work well together and makes this film enjoyable despite its notable problems.

.SHOULD I SEE IT?

YES
  • Overall We’re The Millers surprised me and was a lot funnier than I was expecting and hoping for and it has a great cast that works extremely well with one another.
  • When the comedy was on, this film was downright hilarious!.
  • Nick Offerman and Kathryn Hahn have incredible dialog that will have you busting a gut.
NO
  • As funny as the film may be, We’re The Millers relies on its forced awkward/graphic scenarios to get you to laugh and ultimately tries to turn into something it’s not in the end.
  • This film is predictable, almost from the get go. Plus, if you’ve seen the trailer, you can map out the whole film as you watch it.
  • Some of the comedy in this film is pretty racy and/or disgusting. Be warned. Graphic visuals that you cannot forget..
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