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Movie Review – We’re The Millers

Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber

Cast: Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts

Genre: Comedy

Runtime: 110 minutes


Written by Bob Fisher and Steve Faber (The Wedding Crashers) and Sean Anders and John Morris (Hot Tub Time Machine), the Rawson Marshall Thurber-helmed film tells the story of a fake (and raunchy) family of four that travel to Mexico to smuggle some drugs.

David Clark (Sudeikis) is a low-level drug dealer, handling mostly suburban housewives and 9-to-5 businessmen. After getting robbed of his stash and his money, his supplier (Ed Helms) tells him that the only way he can save himself, is to make a run to Mexico and bring back ‘a smidge’ of weed.

Since David is in debt, he can’t refuse.

He hatches a plan to try and make himself seem like a family man and offers to pay Rose (Aniston) a stripper, Casey (Emma Roberts) a street kid, and Kenny (Will Poulter) a nerdy teenager, to be his family. They rent an RV and drive down across the border, end up picking up a few metric tons of weed, and begin their journey back home.

The problem is that it wasn’t their weed to take, so they have to make the return trip home while being chased by rival drug dealer and bumping into another RV family (Nick Offerman/ Kathryn Hahn). Of course, along the way, this fake family bonds, and starts to act like a real family.

‘We're The Millers’ has its good moments with Jason Sudeiki and Jennifer Aniston in the lead. With infectious, adult slapstick humour and a couple of racist jokes, the film is able to entertain. You'll have a good time until you leave the theatre, with the feeling that nothing really special happened.

The film goes through a similar plot line as several others before, and character development feels a little flat, especially Sudeiki and Aniston's love story, which escalates unrealistically. Despite this, the film is certainly has laugh-out-loud moments that comedies similar to this have (Jennifer Aniston's reaction to the ‘Friends’ reference at the end was definitely hilarious).