REVIEW: WE'RE THE MILLERS
SYNOPSIS: David Burke (Jason Sudeikis) is a small-time pot dealer whose clientele includes chefs and soccer moms, but no kids—after all, he has his scruples. So what could go wrong? Plenty. Preferring to keep a low profile for obvious reasons, he learns the hard way that no good deed goes unpunished when he tries to help out some local teens and winds up getting jumped by a trio of gutter punks. Stealing his stash and his cash, they leave him in major debt to his supplier, Brad (Ed Helms). In order to wipe the slate clean—and maintain a clean bill of health—David must now become a big-time drug smuggler by bringing Brad's latest shipment in from Mexico. Twisting the arms of his neighbors, cynical stripper Rose (Jennifer Aniston) and wannabe customer Kenny (Will Poulter), and the tatted-and-pierced streetwise teen Casey (Emma Roberts), he devises a foolproof plan. One fake wife, two pretend kids and a huge, shiny RV later, the "Millers" are headed south of the border for a Fourth of July weekend that is sure to end with a bang.
REVIEW: Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber, best known for 2004′s DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story, We're the Millers, is brought to us with an interesting cast, intriguing premise and few funny one-liners. It is probably not the strongest comedy of the year and it’s certainly not perfect by any means, but does deliver a number of original slapstick style comedy scenes. There is an attempt to apply some level of romance in the movie; however, Sudeikis and Aniston have no chemistry what-so-ever. The believability of the leading characters eventually falling in love and living happily ever after was far from realistic and was poorly inserted in to the flick; Hence, eliminating this movie from even remotely coming close to being a romantic comedy. Needless to say, it too was a huge disappointment, on the part of the writers.
Nevertheless, the film seems to be a reunion for Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston, who worked together in the moderately received 2011 comedy, Horrible Bosses, by director Seth Gordon. Other supporting cast members include Ed Helms (The Office) Molly C. Quinn (Castle), Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) and Will Poulter (Wild Bill).
Now as for Jennifer Aniston’s much touted stripping scene, unfortunately, I found it to be more of a desperate move on her part to attempt the likeness of Demi Moore’s 1996 effort in Striptease. It would appear that Jen was trying to capitalize on showing off the “bod,” more than anything else. That being said, I simply wasn’t impressed with her skimpily-clad performance. Personally, I feel that Jennifer can do a lot better with her choices in roles and just simply flops time and time again, despite her great talent. She just seems to make poor choices in roles, repeatedly. This is such a shame for her to waste her talent in roles such as this one. It simply did not suit her and in fact gave the impression of a desperate middle-aged woman trying to remain relevant.
Overall, We’re the Millers is not the funniest or most thoughtful comedy but should provide interested viewers with a number of memorable slapstick-style scenes - both humorous and oddly sweet. I don’t believe it’s worth the theater visit, but could be a nice DVD flick for date night. It deserves two and a half out of three stars for a reasonable attempt at comedy, but not romance and is certainly not a must see for comedy lovers and movie-goers alike.
By Movi-Man Stan
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Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Writer: Bob Fisher, Steve Faber
Genre: Comedy Crime
Duration: 1hr 40mins
Staring: Jennifer Aniston
Producer: Chris Bender
for crude sexual content,
pervasive language, drug material
Release Date: August 7, 2013
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