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We're the Millers
Reviewed by Tim Cooper on August 25th, 2013
Roadshow
presents a film directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber
Screenplay by Bob Fisher, Steve Faber, Sean Andrews and John Morris
Starring:
Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Emma Roberts, Will Poulter and Ed Helms
Running Time: 110 minutes
Rating: MA15+
Released: August 11th, 2013


5/10

 


After losing his stash to petty criminals, small time pot dealer David Clark (Jason Sudeikis) is in deep to his drug boss Brad Gurdlinger (Ed Helms). Promising to make up the debt by smuggling in a “small” amount of marijuana from Mexico, he comes up with a plan. Believing that a stereotypical family would be less suspicious when crossing the border, he enlists the help of three others to complete his shady deal. Rose O’Reilly (Jennifer Aniston) who works as a stripper. Kenny Rossmore (Will Poulter) a young nerd who lives in his building and Casey Mathis (Emma Roberts) is a teenage runaway. Together they make the fake not-so-perfect family called, the Millers.


So there it is: the drug dealer, the stripper, the runaway and the virgin. As far as back stories go it's as weak but sufficient as any lightweight comedy. The film is well cast and all the actors seem to fill their roles quite comfortably. Millers is soaked in jokes you’ve seen and heard before, but they are delivered well. The supporting cast, including Ken Marino (Party Down), Nick Offerman and Kathryn Hahn (Both from Parks and Recreation), do a great job of their roles and add to the laughs in the film. Aniston and Roberts get the least amount of laughs unfortunately and the script reduces Aniston’s ability to get audience laughs to taking her clothes off. In an over the top unnecessary scene she strips to “distract” a drug dealer. It’s a cheap scene, and the director knows it. He has Sudeikis turn to the camera and shrug. Yeah we get it. It’s just tacky, really tacky. The outcome of the film right from the onset is obvious which makes it hard to really get into film. Especially because there’s nothing new in the comedy presented.


Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber (Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story), he has made a polished film that is edited and shot well. Judging by the end credits it seems the actors were given the chance to adlib some of their lines. It’s a little unclear of how much of this made it to the final edit though because the result is a little bland. You laugh a bit and generally enjoy the experience, but We’re the Millers is by the numbers American comedy. It lags in the middle and about fifteen minutes could be cut out of the film, which would make the experience a little easier to enjoy. Catch it at the cinema if you are a fan of the actors or you just feel like a light laugh, otherwise save this for a night at home on the couch.  






 
 



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