Thursday, 29 August 2013

We're The Millers (2013)

We're-The-Millers-Poster.jpgWe're the Viewers

After being robbed of a week's take, small-time pot dealer David (Jason Sudeikis) is forced by his boss to go to Mexico to pick up a load of marijuana. In order to improve his odds of making it past the border, David asks the broke stripper Rose (Jennifer Aniston) and two local teenagers (Will Poulter & Emma Roberts) to join him and pretend they're on a family holiday.


The film's likable enough, with the talented cast being utilized well in their roles. Will Poulter manages to outshine his cast members, showing a promising future in comedy, but Nick Offerman and Kathryn Hahn do some great scene stealing, especially when it comes to new sexual experiences and the weaponization of a mug.

The comedy moments can be hit and miss, ranging from phallic skateboard drawings to lazy pop culture references.

However, the films biggest problem lies within its lazy writing. It fails to tap into the characters, failing to give us insight as to why Rose is a stripper or why Casey's a runaway, and mentions what happened to Kenny's mom in such an off-handed moment that they may as well have been talking about a pet.

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The predictable plot feels too packed, taking the drug smuggling plotline and cramming in next to it a Mexican druglord, a couple of romance subplots and The Millers having to deal with another family, where the father is a DEA Agent. Added on to that is a race against the clock and a Tarantula biting one of the cast somewhere you'd really hate to get bitten. It's like Identity Thief all over again.

We're The Millers has numerous funny moments and a great cast who are used well, but it can't make up for its lazy writing and comedic moments which miss as much as they hit.

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