We’re The Millers: We’re Crude, but Fun—Movie

Remember the line then Senator Obama said to Hillary Clinton during the 2008 Presidential campaign—“you’re likeable enough.” That pretty much sums up, “We’re The Millers.”

Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber, “We’re The Millers” has an interesting premise, but the film just somehow lacks oomph. Four screenwriters on one movie might be part of the problem.

“We’re The Millers” revolves around pot dealer Dave (Jason Sudeikis) who is robbed of his stash and cash owed to his supplier, businessman Brad Gurdlinger (Ed Helms). In order to make up for the money owed to Gurdlinger, Dave reluctantly agrees to go to Mexico and pick up a “smidge” of weed for him. A chance encounter with some tourists in an RV gives him the “great” idea that if he travelled to Mexico with a family in an RV, he’d be more likely to escape the scrutiny of the border patrol. His supplier provides the RV, but Dave does have one problem—no family. So he goes about putting one together. For his son he “adopts” Kenny (Will Poulter), the lonely teen who lives in his building and seems to have no family in evidence. Street-wise runaway Casey (Emma Roberts) becomes his daughter.  Finally, Rose (Jennifer Aniston), the man-weary stripper who is his neighbor, is bribed to play his wife. Dave calls his family the Millers and off to Mexico they go.Millers

Naturally nothing goes according to plan or there would be no movie. The “family” has encounters with stoners, border police, drug dealers, thugs and most especially, fellow RV travelers Don and Edie Fitzgerald and their daughter, Melissa (Nick Offerman, Kathryn Hahn and Molly C. Quinn respectively).

Everyone in the cast has impeccable comedic timing. Sudeikis  is terrific as is Aniston (and she’s never looked better) and the two have great chemistry together. Their scenes with Offerman and Hahn are extremely funny. Emma Roberts is also very good. But the movie’s real find is Will Poulter. The film’s funniest scenes involve him…be it learning to kiss or experiencing the aftershocks of being bitten by a spider. His deadpan reactions and delivery are spot on.

“We’re The Millers” has a crude likeability to it  with touches of laugh out loud moments along the way. Be sure to sit through the credits for film outtakes. They are hysterical and worth the extra time in your seat.

2 ½ nuggets out of 4


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3 Responses to “We’re The Millers: We’re Crude, but Fun—Movie”

  1. CMrok93 Says:

    Nice review Joan. Funny for what it is, even if it isn’t hilarious. That’s fine though, because I still laughed enough.


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