We’re the Millers (2013)

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We’re the Millers (2013)
  • Time: 110 min
  • Genre: Comedy | Crime
  • Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber
  • Cast: Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts

Storyline:

After being robbed of a week’s take, small-time pot dealer David is forced by his boss to go to Mexico to pick up a load of marijuana. In order to improve his odds of making it past the border, David asks the broke stripper Rose and two local teenagers to join him and pretend they’re on a family holiday.

3 reviews

  • “We’re the Millers” was not as good as I hoped. The acting is good enough but the plot is predictable and the situational humor is drowned by the absurdity of the situations themselves, effectively losing the entire point of situational humor. Jason Sudeikis is typically really funny but he isn’t given much to work with here. Honestly, the only really entertaining thing about the film is the other family they run into. The funniest scene in the entire film, in my opinion, actually takes place after the movie during the blooper reel. In it they replace the TLC song from the trailer with the theme song from Friends, catching Jennifer Aniston, aka Rachel, off guard. I got a good laugh out of that but when the best laughs come from the bloopers, there’s clearly something missing in the movie. Overall, it’s not a bad movie but it should’ve been much better.

  • Here’s something I never thought I’d see again: a funny modern comedy. Because of the horrendous Movie 43 and all those Adam Sandler shits everyone seems to love, mainstream comedy is a genre I’d suggest to avoid, even if it has an amazing cast – unless it was filmed at least 20 years ago. But We’re the Millers, surprisingly, manages to be an exception and makes you laugh easily. Even though its director isn’t well known, and the cast features only a few famous actors, We’re the Millers shows filmmakers something they should never have forgotten: to make a great comedy it really takes nothing else than good jokes and a good script. Are you taking notes, Adam Sandler?

    David Clark (Jason Sudeikis) is a successful pot dealer who, one evening, is robbed of all his drugs and money. The next day he’s kidnapped and brought to Brad Gurdlinger (Ed Helms), a rich drug lord whom David owes money. Brad forces David to smuggle marijuana from Mexico in order to erase his debt. Realising him going alone would cause suspicion, David convinces a stripper (Jennifer Aniston), a young runaway (Emma Roberts) and his teenage neighbor (Will Poulter) to come along and pretend to be his wife and kids.

    The premise of this movie is pretty obvious and not too original: it’s about a dysfunctional (and, in this case, fake) family in which everyone hates each other until they end up realising they are almost perfect for each other. You also learn that “all you need is love” and “no one likes to be alone” and all that sentimental stuff. But, interestingly, We’re the Millers succeds in making something so obvious come up as fresh and new. Even though we know that will happen – it must, it’s a comedy! – this doesn’t make the movie boring or predictable. This might sound contradictory, but the only thing you really do see coming is the happy end, and that’s just because We’re the Millers follows the standard comedy pattern – as it should. This again confirms what I said before: to make a good comedy you just need a good script and good jokes. And the jokes are good – unexpectedly, since they are mostly based on dirty words and slapstick humour.

    The characters are very well developed and work good together. Although Jennifer Aniston is way more famous than anyone else in this movie, you never think of that, as the movie doesn’t focus on her, and consequently doesn’t forget there are other, equally important characters in this movie. This also helps turn the protagonists themselves into good jokes: sure, they are somewhat stereotyped, but in a truly funny way. Ed Helms is fantastic as the rich and spoiled drug lord, even though he gets little screen time: you hate him as soon as he opens his mouth! Emma Roberts as the angry teenager, and Will Poulter as the 18 year-old who’s never been kissed, are both remarkable. As you can easily understand, the movie’s best quality is the ability to make old, stereotyped, already-seen humour funny again. Do not trust the cocky, wannabe-intellectual critics on Rotten Tomatoes and their bad ratings – this is truly a movie worth seeing that will make you laugh!

    Rating: 7/10

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  • “You can buy a house and run away from it.”

    “We’re the Millers” fits perfectly with the rest of the comedies (Pain & Gain, The Internship and The Heat) I’ve seen. I expected it would be a relaxing evening watching a movie after a stressful week. Finally maybe a flick that would make me burst out in a series of dissipative laughter. Unfortunately as with the other films there was not much to laugh about.

    Overall it was a fun movie with some witty one-liners and funny situations, but this was too much overshadowed by quite vulgar and downright ridiculous conversations. Average entertainment content with sometimes a feeling that the scriptwriters wanted to make it tremendously easy for themselves by using hackneyed gags that have already been used several times in other films. Cheesy sexual insinuating conversations seem funny to most people (and usually I’m amused by it too). So it’s understandable it’s commonly used in comedies, but you shouldn’t overdo it! If you have used another insinuation to the concept of “penis” (and related activities), it becomes more boring than funny. It was a “Meet the Fockers” imitation, but with the “Brady Bunch” family. I always find it strange anyway if I have to laugh more with the bloopers in the credits than the film itself.

    Well you can’t blame the cast. Most of them played their character masterfully. The name Jason Sudeikis didn’t ring a bell immediately, but he also had a small role in “Movie 43”. And sorry, but that movie is cataloged by me as the most crappy movie ever produced. But again it’s proofed that’s besides the point because he plays a starring role with a perfect timing. Jennifer Anniston will never be able to shake off the inheritance from “Friends.” Although in this movie she almost managed not to resemble “When-I-am-extremely-mad-I-start-to-kick-around-with-my-feet” Rachel. She treats us also with a breathtaking strip dance and shows in that way that she still has extremely sensual looks for her 44 with some imaginative curves. ( I can’t understand why Brad left her and exchanged her for “big lips” Jolie ). Emma Roberts wasn’t the funny part of the artificial family, but that suited the character more.

    Then there are the persons that stand out. And that is in the first place Will Poulter. This guy had some hilarious moments and mastered a brilliant mimic. My favorite moment (and the first thing I had to chuckle about) is the TLC moment with “Chasing Waterfalls”. If it was according to the script he did a brilliant job. But if this was a sudden inspiration and improvisation, then I call the man a genius. For me, the savior of this film. Without the nerdy, dry and “stupid looking around him” Kenny this would be a totally meaningless film.

    And in the second place “Scottie P.”. A negligible role, but so hilarious and stupid. They should have put these scenes in the run of the film and then continued on this momentum.
    And then the most vexing roles were for me Kathryn Hahn who made me think of Kitty Forman, the mother from “That 70’s Show”. She was getting on my nerves with that hyper kinetic cooing. And I would love to hit Ed Helms a few times with that ice sculpture and feed him to his killer whale. What an annoying brat he was.

    And I want to mention Molly C. Quinn quickly because of her magical appearance.

    A film with no surprises and a predictable development, with strong and funny moments, but generally a bland content. It was however slightly better than most of the crap that I have seen lately.

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