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Friday, August 9, 2013

We're the Millers


Faux Family

8.0 out of 10 | MOVIE OR DVD

Rated: R Crude sexual content, pervasive language, drug material and brief graphic nudity
Release Date: August 7, 2013
Runtime: 1 hour 50 minutes

Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Writers: Bob Fisher, Steve Faber, Sean Anders, John Morris
Cast: Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Will Poulter, Emma Roberts, Ed Helms, Nick Offerman, Kathryn Hahn, Molly C. Quinn, Tomer Sisley, Mathew Willig, Lus Guzman, Mark L. Young, Ken Marino

SYNOPSIS: A veteran pot dealer creates a fake family as part of his plan to move a huge shipment of weed into the U.S. from Mexico.

REVIEW: Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story director Rawson Marshall Thurber takes a road trip with a drug dealer, a stripper, a virgin, and a runaway who band together to smuggle drugs across the border from Mexico. Wedding Crashers writers Bob Fisher and Steve Faber, and She's Out of my League writers Sean Anders and John Morris, collaborate to take a group of complete misfits and pull them together for the greater good.

David (Jason Sudeikis, Horrible Bosses) is a small town marijuana drug dealer in the fine city of Denver. He answers and nobody and lives a carefree life. When his dorky neighbor Kenny (Will Poutler, Son of Rambow) rushes to the aid of a gutter punk girl named Casey (Emma Roberts, Scream 4), Kenny's spills the beans to the attackers that Dave is not a cop but a drug dealer. When the thugs take all of his weed and all his money, David is kidnapped and brought before his boss Bruce Gurdlinger (Ed Helms, The Hangover Part 3) looking for retribution. Bruce gives David the choice – not really choice – to pick up weed from a Mexican facility and bringing it back to him. He promises to pay David $100,000 to square off his debt to him. David comes up with the idea to use Kenny, Casey, and a stripper named Rose (Jennifer Aniston, Horrible Bosses) who in his apartment to pose as a family of four on vacation and use a recreational vehicle to get across the border with all the marijuana. When the plan goes awry, David and his faux family have to contend with pursuing drug dealers, as well as a perky and overly friendly RV family who keep interrupting their plans.

We're the Millers is a silly, semi vulgar flick that works perfectly for Sudeikis and Aniston. Nestled right in with road trip comedies and chase flicks,
We're the Millers could be akin to Road Trip, Eurotrip, Robin Williams' RV, and Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. Trying to get a couple ton of weed across the Mexican border seems tame versus all that the fake Miller family has to deal with - no pun intended - once they roll onto United States soil again.

Sudeikis is very funny as the sedate small time Denver drug dealer. He lives a life if leisure with no pesky family and no real responsibilities. Aniston, with years of comedy and dramatic experience, rocks her stripper and wholesome mom persona with equal vigor. Will Poulter, who plays Kenny, seems so nerdy and out of place that every stare or facial expression is hilarious. Emma Roberts' Casey, a transient gutter punk turned angst-ridden teenage girl, plays the straight girl in this story, using typical adolescent behavior to get laughs by the reactions of her 'parents'.

Other enjoyable cast members include Kathryn Hahn (Wanderlust) and Nick Offerman (21 Jump Street) as the intrusive but overly friendly RV couple who continue to cross paths with the Millers throughout the story. Both are kooky, but reserved enough, to add plenty of smiles. One notable performance is Monkey Maze carny kid Scotty P (Mark L. Young, Sex Drive) who has a 'thang' for Casey, 'you know what I'm saying?'.

We're the Millers is an unlikely contender as one of the best comedies this summer. It's fast paced, funny, and fun. The cast is great, and the story has a certain charm. With a drug dealer turned international drug smuggler, a stripper turned fake mom, and two kids who never experienced a real family environment, We're the Millers is the perfect film to reflect what the new nuclear family deal with in this millennium.

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