We’re the Millers (Film)

By Chip Tamplin

Published on Sunday, August 18, 2013

We’re the Millers is easily one of the surprise movies of the summer and year for me so far. While I’ve been a big fan of both Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston for years, this definitely seemed like the kind of movie that could have the majority of its funny moments crammed into the trailer, but thankfully that wasn’t the case.

We’re the Millers tells the story of troubled low-level drug dealer David Clark (Jason Sudeikis) as he tries to pay of a debt to drug lord Brad Gurdlinger (Ed Helms). Gurdlinger tasks him with smuggling a “smidge and a half” of marijuana from Mexico into the United States. After racking his brain of how to smuggle the weed over the boarder, he sees a family in an RV stop to ask a question and not get berated for parking in a spot they shouldn’t – he then decides to recruit some of his rag tag group of neighbors to make a make-shift fake family to help him. This group includes his stripper neighbor Rose (Jennifer Aniston), eighteen year old weirdo Kenny (Will Poulter) and runaway Casey (Emma Roberts). As they head to and from Mexico, plenty of antics will ensue and will most likely cause you to laugh your ass off.

The humor of this movie is about what you’d expect from some of Jason Sudeikis’ movies, crude and often perverse, but nonetheless witty and hilarious. What was almost shocking was how crude some of Jennifer Aniston’s jokes were. Sure, she’s moved on from her goody-two-shows character Rachel Green from Friends, but it’s still crazy to see her let herself loose as much as she did in We’re the Millers. Though I guess it’s safe to say Sudeikis just brings out the best in her after seeing both We’re the Millers and Horrible Bosses.

As I said, this was definitely one of the summers surprise comedies for me. The entire cast meshed really well from the main four to those with smaller roles such as Helms, Nick Offerman and Kathryn Hahn. Some of the movies funniest moments in the movie surrounded Offerman and Hahn, another family of RV-ers whose antics served as a crucial crutch for the plot during the second half of the movie, provide some of the most off the wall and wacky hilarity that you’ll see in the movie.

While We’re the Millers won’t have you in stitches for the entirety of the movie, it’s got great pacing between its funny moments and its “more serious” moments. This back and forth gives viewers a lot more time to get to know the characters and leads to a much more immersive experience for moviegoers. If you’ve got ten dollars to spare, definitely grab a friend and go see We’re the Millers, you won’t be disappointed.


The Good

+ The cast was phenomenal

+ Great character development throughout the course of the movie

+ Humor wasn't forced

The Bad

- Ed Helms' character felt more awkward than funny


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