Monday, August 5, 2013

We're the Millers: Movie Review

The fake family brings many laughs, the other elements bring a few groans.

“We’re the Millers” is a stoner comedy, except better than that because it’s written as a family comedy, well, inappropriate family comedy. The additional genre adds a much needed structure to the film and increases the comedy. This is one funny movie. All of the main and supporting actors keep bringing the jokes so you can over-look the ridiculous plot.   2013

Directed by: Rawson Marshall Thurber

Screenplay by: Bob Fisher, Steve Faber, Sean Anders and John Morris

Starring: Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston

David (Jason Sudeikis) is still a pot dealer selling marijuana out of his backpack to college-aged kids, even though he’s 20 years past college. Two teens in need of parental figures (Will Poulter and Emma Roberts) screw up his simple drug-dealing lifestyle and he ends up owing money to his boss, a drug lord played by Ed Helms. Now he has to make a trip to Mexico and smuggle a load of marijuana across the border.

A fake family should be the perfect cover to fool the hapless border guards. He hires the two teens and his sexy neighbour Rose (Jennifer Aniston), who is working as a stripper alongside college-aged girls, even though she’s also more than 20 years past college. Surprisingly for a comedy, most of the jokes in the trailer which highlight this unusual and dysfunctional family coming together are not the funniest jokes in the movie.

The comedy builds slowly, but then a fake baby (let’s call her Mary Jane) enters the picture and the laughs come fast and furious. Some jokes weren’t as funny as they thought (their new friends’ sex acts), but by this time our fake family has connected with one another and the audience. Scenes of Sudeikis and Aniston trying to raise their “kids” are funny, and even all the below-the-belt jokes are pretty funny too. Sudeikis has great comedic timing as usual, young Poulter also some great moments, and Aniston just shines when combining immature comedy with the caring nature of a heartfelt mother.

The best way to one's heart is through the funny bone and because of how funny this movie is, it's not too surprising there that's some heart within this - dysfunctional for a real family but functional for a real family – family. The ending fits the plot (as best as it can) and gives us appropriate closure for the bond we have all formed. The ending also comes pretty fast since time moves quicker when you're laughing.

Overall, “We’re the Millers” is pretty funny, and if you’re watching a stoner comedy, you should be pretty forgiving of any nonsense the plot throws at you.