We’re the Millers
3 out of 5 stars
Published: Monday, September 2, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 2, 2013 18:09
A dysfunctional pseudo-family takes a sketchy trek to Mexico to retrieve a hefty supply of marijuana in the film “We’re the Millers.” Jason Sudeikis plays a pot-dealing guru named David who is down on his luck and in great need of money. After receiving an offer from a shady and enormously wealthy drug lord, Brad Gurdlinger (Ed Helms), David devises a plan to create a picture-perfect fake family to help him carry out his scheme to bring marijuana from Mexico back to the United States. He enlists Rose (Jennifer Aniston), a stripper who is about to be evicted, a homeless girl with a stone cold attitude named Casey (Emma Roberts) and his painfully awkward teenage neighbor, Kenny (Will Poulter). After “cleaning up” their looks and finalizing their family name, the Millers, the foursome embarks on their mission in a massive RV to collect the drugs and return as quickly as possible so David can get his reward money.
Matters go awry for the Miller family from the start. They have car troubles, a run in with a creepy local cop and have to pretend to have an infant after an obnoxiously friendly couple, played by Nick Offerman and Kathryn Hahn (both from “Parks and Recreation”), see Rose cradling a pile of weed in a blanket and confuses it for an infant. The biting banter amongst the fake family when encountering these situations is what makes the film a success, but Offerman and Hahn steal the spotlight in their scenes. For being secondary characters, the couple’s uncomfortable antics (and odd sexual encounters) deliver some of the most laugh-worthy parts in the film.
Although the acting in the film is sheer comedic bliss, aspects of the story line, especially those related to the Mexican drug lords and Helms’s character, are more annoying than they are interesting or humorous. Throughout the film, most of the scenes that include these exaggerated characters are lacking in hilarity, and would have been better replaced with more scenes exploring the Miller family dynamics. Nonetheless, this film is clearly targeted at viewers who enjoy comedies with a healthy dose of action and a slight tint of drama. For a comedy, the film features a surprising amount of emotion between the characters, as each member of the Miller family reaches the realization that their fake family unit is actually something they long for and grow to appreciate.