We’re the Millers review

Director:
Rawson Marshall Thurber
Cast:
Jason Sudeikis
Jennifer Aniston
Will Poulter
Emma Roberts
Ed Helms
Nick Offerman
Kathryn Hahn
Rated: R

The Millers have a long way to go before being on the level of the Griswolds.

David Clark (Sudeikis) is a pot dealer who is living in an average apartment and going day to day without any real plan. One evening when returning home, David gets into a series of events that ends up with him getting robbed. Because of this, he has to meet with drug kingpin Brad (Helms) who he owes money to.

Brad offers David a way out and to make some money on the side, by smuggling some marijuana across the Mexican border. David agrees and to do so comes up with the plan to hire three others to act as a happy family on vacation. He ends up recruiting a stripper named Rose (Aniston), an awkward teen named Kenny (Poulter) and a runaway named Casey (Roberts).

The weakest part of “We’re the Millers” is ultimately its plot as it is completely predictable. Nothing in terms of storytelling really comes out of nowhere, there aren’t any shocking plot points at all. This, however, doesn’t stop the movie from being a fun ride, and what pulls the movie back up is the characters and the interactions.

Jason Sudeikis is by far the main attraction of the film. His ability to deliver lines and jokes with dry wit was really humorous and provided the most laughs in the picture. Jennifer Aniston works well too, and she has a good chemistry with Sudeikis on screen comedy wise. Will Poulter and Emma Roberts are alright in the movie, not necessarily the best but they do their part.

The side characters in the movie were a really nice addition. Nick Offerman and Kathryn Hahn, who play a wholesome family on vacation, made way for some of the funniest moments of the film when interacting with the Millers. Ed Helms played his character similar to some of his other roles in the past, yet, he has good comedic skills so he works here.

The film probably could have been a lot worse. But “We’re the Millers” still functions because of the acting. The banter and interaction between all of these characters made way for a lot of laughs that carried things over the less than stellar plot.

The story doesn’t necessarily work with a lot of twists like say “The Hangover,” but it is funny, and that goes a long way. 4 out of 5.

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Author: Matthew Liedke

My name is Matthew Liedke. I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, but I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I now write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead where I studied journalism and film. Outside of film, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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