We’re the Millers – 4 out of 5
Sometimes the movies make being a drug dealer look like a wacky adventure…
We’re the Millers is about David (Jason Sudeikis), a slacker pot dealer who just seems like he wants to have a good time and be cool with the people around him. One day, while defending a local homeless girl named Casey (Emma Roberts) and a kid in his building named Kenny (Will Poulter), David gets robbed and loses all his dealer’s money and weed. His dealer, the eccentric Brad Gurdlinger (Ed Helms), offers him up a deal: Head to Mexico and pick up a “smidge” of weed and bring it back to him. David agrees but worries about how he won’t look suspicious crossing the border. His eureka moment comes when he decides to hire his stripper neighbor Rose (Jennifer Aniston) to pretend to be his wife, Kenny to pretend to be his son and Casey to pretend to be his daughter. The only problem, he finds out that he’s hauling more weed than Gurdlinger lead on and Gurdlinger technically made David steal the weed from another drug dealer. Now that dealer is hunting him and looking for some revenge.
|And they're in an RV. So, it's like that Robin Williams movie...only this one is funny.|
The Red Band trailer really sold me on this one but, like all movie trailers now-a-days, the best parts could have easily been placed in the trailer and the rest of the movie is just a bunch of throwaway jokes. However, I was surprised how this one kept me laughing from beginning to end with some minor slowing down towards the last bit.
|"Allow me to fill you with my wisdom I've collected by selling marijuana, watching|
Adult Swim and eating junk food."
Yes, this movie is rude and crude in most of its humor…and A LOT of vulgarity is thrown in along the way. It would be easy to say this film went for the toilet humor (especially with the scene of Kenny getting his testicle nipped on by a poisonous spider) and there’s a solid case for that argument. Most of the humor is either just silly or something that is capable of offending at least 75% of the population. However, none of the jokes felt like they were crafted for the sole purpose of offending someone. This wasn’t like watching a hack comic get up on stage and do racist and rape jokes because he thinks being offensive means he’s also being edgy. Nope, instead the jokes in the film were placed there for the only reason of being hilarious…they just so happen to often be jokes that would offend some people. There is a very large difference between being offensive for the sake of being offensive and being offensive for the sake of being funny. This movie rides that line well.
|Here's a picture of Jennifer Aniston and Emma Roberts and I ended the last paragraph|
with the line "rides that line well." Do what you will with it, you pigs!
The film almost seems self-aware of the line it is riding as it never feels like it gets too offensive or gets too silly in its all around ridiculous (I mean, come on, the film’s protagonist is a drug dealer for crying out loud!). Even when the film becomes overly gratuitous by having Jennifer Aniston do a strip tease (yes, we get it, her character is a stripper), we can feel how ridiculous this scene is shoe-horned into the story and the movie is completely aware of it as it cuts to Jason Sudeikis and he breaks the fourth wall by giving the viewing audience a knowing nod and smile.
|Shatter that 4th wall. Who needs it?|
A big part of making the comedy work so well in this film is the cast is all doing their jobs amazingly well. In the past, I’ve always found Jason Sudeikis to be a supporting player who can’t headline a film (think Hall Pass) but this movie proved that he can take the reins of a film and then lead it to water where he forces it to drink (films are a lot like horses).
|To make things even better, the film offers up small (but hilarious) roles from the likes of|
the incredibly funny Ken Marino, Thomas Lennon and, shown here, Luis Guzman!
As funny as Sudeikis is, every player in the film feels like they are trying to either keep pace with him or raise the bar even higher. Jennifer Aniston is an actress I don’t really have much of an opinion of but she has plenty of scenes in the film that are very humorous. Will Poulter has a ton of truly hilarious parts as the awkward Kenny and the scenes with Ed Helms is just ridiculous hysterical. And how could I forget how the film included the man who plays a character that has my name; Nick Offerman’s scenes are very limited but when he and Kathryn Hahn come into play, the laughs are right there with them. Usually I think Kathryn Hahn tries way to hard to be funny in her roles and, in doing so, takes away all the comedic elements but this role really found the perfect balance for her. The only real downer in the cast was Emma Roberts who didn’t really bring much to the funny department and any scene with her I laughed in was usually due to another actor carrying her through it.
|The Nard Dog has moved up in the world!|
The only real complaint I have about the film is it does feel a little longer than it should be. In the middle of the third act and on its way to the end, the movie starts to feel like it’s gone on longer than it should have and starts to dip and drag ever so slightly. The momentum of the film never stopped completely but it did succeed in slowing the film down enough that I started to wonder how much was left of the movie and it did cause the film to end with a minor chuckle rather than a hearty gut laugh (that is, until the gratuitous outtake sequence starts in the credits).
|Ron Swanson makes all mustaches look awesome!|
Despite a simple flaw, We’re the Millers is a hysterical comedy. It was definitely one of those films that actually continues to be laugh-out-loud funny even after the scenes you already saw in the trailer have passed.