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Movie Review: We're The Millers

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Prinz Lee wrote this review 3 years and 2 months ago

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Not since National Geographic’s “Locked Up Abroad” has drug-smuggling seemed so much fun!

In an era where comedies are a hit or miss, “We’re The Millers” holds its own by proving to be more than just another funny-flick full of gags and unfortunate events. Well, it does have gags and unfortunate events, however, the best thing about it is that they’re raised to a higher level of uncertainty and risks, pretty much laying down a journey where anything and everything that can go wrong, does – and in the most hilarious ways!

“We’re The Millers” follows David Burke (Jason Sudeikis), a low-brow weed dealer whose customers are the least one would expect: chefs, soccer moms, disgruntled husbands, etc. with only one rule – no minors! It’s that simple. Preferring to keep a low profile for obvious reasons, he soon experiences the hard way that the phrase “no good deed goes unpunished” is complete crap when trying to help out a damsel in distress. His heroic deeds backfire, leading to a group of thugs stealing his cash and hash. Leaving him in debt with his supplier Brad (Ed Helms), in order to wipe his misery clean, David’s made an offer he cannot refuse.

As twist-of-fate would have it, from low-brow dealer, David must now morph into a big-time smuggler by bringing Brad’s latest shipment in from Mexico. Nagging and pleading a cynical stripper Rose (Jennifer Aniston), a wannabe customer Kenny (Will Poulter), and a tatted-and-pierced, streetwise, smartass teen Casey (Emma Roberts), he comes up with a plan. One fake wife, two fake kids and a huge, kick-ass RV later, the "Millers" are rolling down to Mexico for a Fourth of July weekend that winds up with many explosive surprises.  

What’s the end result? It worked. The entire film worked. Even Jennifer Aniston – who pretty much always plays Jennifer Aniston – made it enjoyable. From the get-go, the set-ups were great and full of quick-witted dialog and harsh, hard humor. It’s a film that sets itself out to bring forth fun in questionable ways, and although full of laughs, it may not be as humorous or enjoyable if actually involved in such a complex situation. Dividing time for each character – including the Fitzgeralds (Nick Offerman, Kathryn Hahn, and Molly C. Quinn) – the chemistry among them, along critical scenarios, provided a laugh-out-loud, pleasurable watch.

Yes, we’ve all seen plenty of road-trip comedies before. But where similarities lie, there are flourishes of uniqueness when its twists start to unveil, thus making the experience that much more enjoyable – and that’s part of the fun. The hook that keeps us watching and wondering what will follow. I don’t know for sure if TV spots, or its trailer, were meant to keep the film look simple, but this piece turned out much better than I actually expected. Quite frankly, I can see others having the same reaction, leading to this piece doing well. Will it bring in “Avengers” type numbers? Of course not… But it will stick around for a bit making pretty good scratch due to its comedic cleverness and fantastic cast.

Brought to you by the team who penned up “Wedding Crashers” (Bob Fisher and Steve Faber) and “Hot Tub Time Machine” (Sean Andres and John Morris), there are a handful of moments I questioned, but that’s overridden and less than one percent compared to a much bigger, broader picture of fun and funnies. If anything, dare I say one of the best movies to have been released this summer!


Grade: B / Genre: Comedy / Rated: R / Run Time: 1 Hr. 40 Min.

Starring: Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Will Poulter, Emma Roberts, Ed Helms, Nick Offerman, Kathryn Hahn, Molly C. Quinn  

Directed by: Rawson Marshall Thurber



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