We'er The Millers Review
This little comedy has gotten some mixed reactions since its release. There are critics who have really liked it despite its predictability, and there are others who are openly hostile. I decided to give it a chance, you never really know until you sit down to watch something if it will be for you or not. Don't knock something until you have tried it, I tried "We're The Millers" and here is what I have to say.
"We're The Millers" isn't a bad movie. It has plenty of flaws, it doesn't re-energize the comedy genre. It doesn't compare to recent stuff like "Tropic Thunder," "Pineapple Express," "The Hangover," "Superbad," "Role Models," or even this year's "This Is The End." But I have to be honest, I left with a smile on my face. I even admit that I laughed a few times. I am not ashamed, there is some good material buried within this familiar comedy. "We're The Millers" will never be one of my all-time favorite comedies, but that's okay. They don't all have to hit a homerun out of the ballpark. Sometimes, it is a good thing to have some really light fluff stuff come in and tickle you crazy.
Yes, the film is very predictable, yes the story is kind of one-note and lazy. This is why I believe "We're The Millers" will never be memorable. But it did keep my interest throughout. That is due mainly in part to Jason Sudiekis, I think the guy is a stitch. He makes every bit of his screen-time count, as well as the movie as a whole. Sudiekis plays David Clark, a low-level drug dealer who gets robbed one night and owes his boss (Ed Helms) quite the chunk of change. Helms decides he'll forget the debt if Clark can move some weed from Mexico to the States. Clark, who has no choice agrees, but he has no idea how he'll do it. Then he gets a great idea, he create a fake family to drive an RV down to Mexico and they'll pretend their on a vacation!
Clark happens to know a stripper (Jennifer Aniston), a homeless girl (Emma Roberts) and geeky neighbor (Will Poulter) and they all agree to be his fake family for some of the money Clark's boss will give him after he delivers the drugs. One thing that shocked me is that all four of the actors pretending to be this family all have great chemistry together. I am usually not a fan of Emma Roberts, but she does good work here. The stand out is Will Poulter for sure. Poulter plays Kenny a shy virgin who is 18 years old and still has not kissed a girl. Poulter nails the awkwardness, shyness and quirk down to a tee. He's is also involved in some of the films best highlights and soars with them.
Another highlight of the film is a small part played by Nick Offerman. He plays Don, a nice guy with a family who helps the Millers at a crucial part in the film. If you like Offerman in TV's "Parks and Recreation," you'll love him here too. That sudden, offbeat humor that makes him funny on TV is what he plays up here and once again its perfect. I found myself laughing at him in each of his scenes, nearly stealing the show.
Okay, now to my reservations. Like I said, the movie is pretty predictable. All of the people in this movie get involved in this false family because of the green Clark will give them afterward, and of course there are those cutsey-poo scenes where they actually behave like a real family. It would be nice (especially in R-rated comedies) if they stuck to their convictions. What's wrong with a raunchy comedy where each character is out for themselves but at least part as friends after the movie? Absolutely nothing. But the movie gets really cute by the end and that was a near deal breaker for me. Jennifer Aniston is definitely out-of-place as her character. She's too much of an American Sweetheart to be believable as a stripper. And her big, iconic scene where she puts on a show for a Mexican drug dealer is as bout as PG as it could possibly get. Not saying I expected to see naked women in this movie, but Aniston is too sweet for the role and it just doesn't work. Ed Helms isn't very Dr. Stewart Price in this movie, but he's not in it much. Too bad in his small time he couldn't turn into a real drug dealer, I didn't buy his character for a second. Not one of his best moments, kind of disappointing.
"We're The Millers" may not have got everything right, but it got pretty close. That alone is worth at least checking out. I have to say, I was even a little surprised by my reaction. Give it a try, see what you think.
FINAL GRADE: B-