We're The Millers

  • Year:2013
  • Rating:MA
  • Director:Rawson Marshall Thurber
  • Cast:Jason Sudeikis , Ed Helms , Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts
  • Release Date:August 15, 2013
  • Distributor:Roadshow
  • Running time:110 minutes
  • Film Worth:$17.50
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By mixing raunchy laughs with genuine warmth, this pot-dealing comedy sparks up as a gag-filled surprise about the need for familial connection.

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Pot dealing, strippers, teenage runaways, multiple jokes about anal…since the likes of Knocked Up and The Hangover, the mainstream American comedy has somehow gotten a lot wilder, while also retaining a sense of morally driven decorum. We’re The Millers continues this unusual but welcome trend, peeling off the raunchy gags in rat-a-tat fashion, but also cherishing that most wholesome of American cultural cornerstones: the family. Sure, this film’s family is a fake one born of drug smuggling subterfuge, but that’s beside the point, because in the end, they all end up loving each other, and that’s what really counts. The genitally driven humour, meanwhile, makes the road trip to this thematic realisation all the more enjoyable. 

After getting robbed of his stash and cash, nice guy pot dealer, Dave (comic actor, Jason Sudeikis, steps up impressively in his first major lead), is forced into smuggling a motor home-load of marijuana across the border from Mexico into the US by his creepy boss (The Hangover’s Ed Helms). Believing that a clean cut family won’t get searched by border security, Dave enlists no-nonsense stripper, Rose (a sweet but earthy Jennifer Aniston); homeless teen, Casey (the entertainingly spiky Emma Roberts); and his dorky, ignored-by-his-parents adolescent neighbour, Kenny (scene stealing young Brit-but-you-wouldn’t-know-it, Will Poulter) to clean up and pose as his wife and two kids. Not surprisingly, Dave’s too-good-to-be-true plan for safe border-crossing drug transportation proves to be exactly that.

Directed with a winning mix of laidback, let-it-unfold ease and precision comic timing by Rawson Marshall Thurber (Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story), We’re The Millers boasts a strong script by the teams of Steve Faber and Bob Fisher (Wedding Crashers) and Sean Anders and John Morris (Hot Tub Time Machine). Though the jokes fly thick and fast, the screenplay never loses sight of the characters at its core, and the writers mine comic gold from a rolling line of scenes where these well-scrubbed familial phonies display a notable lack of family values. Further laughs come courtesy of Nick Offerman and Kathryn Hahn as a conservative but sexually curious couple; Ken Marino as Rose’s sleazy boss (who informs her that she’s going to have to start having sex with the customers to compete with the new business across the road…which is an Apple store); Luis Guzman as a gay Mexican cop; and Mark L. Young as a white-boy hip hop wannabe that Casey takes a shine to.

While saccharine sentimentality starts to intrude come the wrap-up, We’re The Millers doesn’t fall in a sugary heap, principally because it’s earned this warm gooiness through its inventive and smartly played set up. A snappy comedy surprise, this sure-fire hit is just the right mix of naughty and nice.

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