We’re The Millers (2013)

August 7, 2013 0
We’re The Millers (2013)
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From New Line Cinema comes the action comedy “We’re The Millers,” starring Jennifer Aniston (“Horrible Bosses”) and Jason Sudeikis (“The Campaign”). The film is directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber (“Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story”).

David Burke (Sudeikis) is a small-time pot dealer whose clientele includes chefs and soccer moms, but no kids-after all, he has his scruples. So what could go wrong? Plenty. Preferring to keep a low profile for obvious reasons, he learns the hard way that no good deed goes unpunished when he tries to help out some local teens and winds up getting jumped by a trio of gutter punks. Stealing his stash and his cash, they leave him in major debt to his supplier, Brad (Ed Helms).

In order to wipe the slate clean-and maintain a clean bill of health-David must now become a big-time drug smuggler by bringing Brad’s latest shipment in from Mexico. Twisting the arms of his neighbors, cynical stripper Rose (Aniston) and wannabe customer Kenny (Will Poulter), and the tatted-and-pierced streetwise teen Casey (Emma Roberts), he devises a foolproof plan. One fake wife, two pretend kids and a huge, shiny RV later, the “Millers” are headed south of the border for a Fourth of July weekend that is sure to end with a bang.

Thurber directs “We’re The Millers” from a screenplay by Bob Fisher & Steve Faber (“Wedding Crashers”) and Sean Anders & John Morris (“Hot Tub Time Machine”), story by Bob Fisher & Steve Faber. The film also stars Emma Roberts (“The Art of Getting By”), Nick Offerman (“21 Jump Street”), Kathryn Hahn (“The Dictator”), Will Poulter (“The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader”) and Ed Helms (the “Hangover” films).

Vincent Newman, Tucker Tooley, Happy Walters and Chris Bender are the producers, with David Heyman, J.C. Spink, Marcus Viscidi, Toby Emmerich, Richard Brenner and David Neustadter serving as executive producers.

Thurber’s behind-the-scenes creative team includes director of photography Barry Peterson (“21 Jump Street”); production designer Clayton Hartley (“The Other Guys”); editor Mike Sale (“The Hangover Part II”); and costume designer Shay Cunliffe (“The Bourne Legacy”).

New Line Cinema’s “We’re The Millers” opens nationwide on August 7, 2013, and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

“We’re the Millers” is rated R for “crude sexual content, pervasive language, drug material and brief graphic nudity.”

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When I fork over $10 to see a feature film that begins by showing YouTube videos that I saw a year ago for free, I’m not going to be in a jolly mood. When the movie is supposed to be a comedy, you’re going to have to work extra hard to get my amusement back, and We’re the Millers is never able to do that.

This movie is something of a National Lampoon’s Vacation for the 2010’s. The Clark character is David, a middle-aged drug dealer played by the affable Jason Sudeikis. The Ellen character is a stripper named Rose, played by my future ex-wife, Jennifer Aniston. The director doesn’t even bother to give the Rusty character a twist. Kenny (Will Poulter) is a straight up Rusty clone ala Anthony Michael Hall, and every teen-aged kid Anthony Michael Hall ever played in the 80s. We round out the rip-off Griswold family with Aubrey’s character, the homeless teen, Casey, played by Emma Roberts.

One night, David gets robbed thanks to Kenny and Casey. The robbers steal both his and his drug supplier, Brad’s (Ed Helms) money. Now, David is forced to drive to Mexico, and get Brad more weed, or be killed. David notices that nobody looks twice at families on vacation, so he hires Rose, Kenny, and Casey to be his nerdy family, rents a RV, and heads off south of the border to smuggle the contra band.

Continuing the Vacation theme, nothing ever goes according to plan, but eventually, the Miller’s make it to Mexico and cross the border back into the USA without too much trouble. Of course, the drugs David takes are not meant for Brad, and the drug lord he takes them from is in hot pursuit to get them back. The cousin Eddie and Catherine characters from Vacation are in the form of DEA agent Don Fitzgerald and his loony wife, Edie, played awesomely by Nick Offermen and Kathryn Hahn. They play the comic relief for most of the film, and help to bring this film to its obvious end.

This film tries very hard to be funny, but only supplies a few chuckles here and there over the course of an hour and 50 minutes. I don’t fault any of the actors in this film, all of whom give solid performances. The script is just tired and predictable. I would have been better served to rent the Chevy Chase classic, and saved a few bucks for snacks. That would have been a much more enjoyable evening. I give this film 2 ½ stars out of 5.

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