Starring: Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts, Will Poulter
Directed by: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Written By: Bob Fisher, Steve Faber, Sean Anders, John Morris
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 1 hr 40 min
Sometimes trailers include dialog and scenes that never make it to the finished movie. One such snippet in the trailer for We’re The Millers has the character Rose (Jennifer Aniston) doing one of those annoying recaps you only find in lazily written comedies. Listing off all their crazy adventures because, you know, the audience is stupid and has the memory of a goldfish, and couldn’t possible remember all the ‘cool’ stuff they just saw.
That was a red flag and I stayed away. I also wasn’t working on this blog at the time so why should I care? But then the movie started to do well at the box office. Really well. It stayed in the top ten for weeks and ended up making over a 150 million in the US. So I started to think there might be something to this film, and on the Netflix list it went. Could be funny I guess. A drug dealer assembles a fake family to head over to Mexico to pick up weed. Hilarity ensues?
Problem is, I was right to stay away. That recap scene never made it to the completed film, but plenty of other lazy garbage did! For a start, the Millers are not all that smart. Sure, they’re not experienced drug smugglers, and certainly in over their heads. But David (Jason Sudeikis), who dreamt up this glorious plan (is the sarcasm coming in loud and clear?) Seems fixed on being just the right level of moronic to make sure every step of this journey is ten times harder than it needs to be. I know, this is fake family drug smuggling comedy and we’re expecting yucks. But could some of the humor be based in any kind of reality or believable scenario that isn’t created by the lead characters stupidity? Is it predictable? Absolutely. Any redeeming qualities? One, see below. Is there going to be a sequel? Of course!
Keep your expectations low for this one. The story and characters are paper-thin, and the humor is very contrived.
This isn’t a visual treat in any way. Unless you count the scenes where Jennifer Aniston is half-naked. You can watch this on your phone, tablet, or TV in HD or regular format and it won’t make the least bit of difference.
Best element for me:
Will Poulter is actually pretty solid in this as Kenny Rossmore. You’d never know he’s actually from the UK with his completely pitch perfect American accent.