Kenny Rossmore: You kiss a lot better than my sister!
In 2004, director, Rawson Marshall Thurber, had audiences howling with laughter with his feature film debut, DODGEBALL. Nine years later, he returns with what will definitely stand out as one of this summer’s funniest comedies.
WE’RE THE MILLERS follows David (Jason Sudeikis), a veteran drug dealer tasked with moving a “smidge of weed” into the US from Mexico for his boss (Ed Helms). David figures that the best way to remain inconspicuous while crossing the border is to travel with a family. David, having no family of his own, sets off to recruit a wife and two children. Hitting up the local strip club, the “Brass and Ass”, David hires Rose, a stripper played by Jennifer Aniston, to pose as his wife. He also asks Kenny (Will Poulter), who lives in his apartment building, to pose as his son, and local runaway Casey (Emma Roberts), to play the part of his daughter. The four adopt Miller as their last name (taken from the street they live on) and set off on their journey. Unfortunately, upon arriving in Mexico, the “Millers” find out that what they were told would be a “smidge” of weed is actually a lot, lot more.
The film was written by Bob Fisher and Steve Faber (WEDDING CRASHERS), as well as Sean Anders and John Morris (HOT TUB TIME MACHINE), and is quite hilarious at times. Some scenes are actually so outrageous that some theatre-goers will find themselves wondering how the MPAA even allowed them in the film. Unfortunately, the film also features a couple of tropes that should be banned from all comedies, such as homophobic jokes and vomiting, but the good far outweigh the bad. Sudeikis truly owns the film. Most of the laughs come from his character, many of which include hilarious references to everything from Meryl Streep to Oprah Winfrey. Newcomer, Poulter, also garners lots of laughs, particularly in one scene where he gets bitten by a tarantula in the worst of places. Aniston and Roberts do a fine job but they mostly work off of their male counterparts. Nick Offerman and Kathryn Hahn are also ridiculously funny in their short yet over the top appearances.
While WE’RE THE MILLERS successfully gets the laughs, there are some character issues that weigh it down. As expected, Sudeikis and Aniston end up caring for their “children” by the end of the film, but we don’t really see how this happens. It appears that in one scene David and Rose could not care less about what happens to the kids, but in the following scene, they are taking on the role of actual parents and worrying about the decisions that Kenny and Casey are making. It feels as if maybe a scene or two showing how David and Rose come to care for Kenny and Casey. was lost in the editing process. At other times, it seems as if each line being given was filmed separately and then thrown together in the editing room, causing these moment not to flow and to feel choppy.
Though inevitable stupidity can some times take away from the film’s overall humor, WE’RE THE MILLERS is still a solid laugher and a road trip well worth taking.
How many sheep would you give We’re the Millers?