We're the Millers Movie Review
Jennifer Aniston plays a stripper and Jason Sudeikis an amoral drug dealer in We're the Millers, the hit summer comedy that has flashes of fun mixed with otherwise generic moments.
Forced to smuggle (or steal) a large shipment of drugs from a Mexican cartel, small-time drug dealer David decides his best cover will be to rent an RV. And a family. He convinces his stripper neighbor, an adventure-starved teenager (Will Poulter) who lives downstairs and a street punk (Emma Roberts) to pose as his wife and children, and thus the concept for We're the Millers is unleashed.
The concept is a fun one ripe for possibilities, and there are times when the filmmakers take full advantage. Some awkward situations regarding the family's encounter with a bored couple (played well by Nick Offerman and Kathryn Hahn) are pretty fun (but also shown in the previews), and a kissing scene involving three of the leads also comes to mind.
But the movie misfires on other occasions. The writing just isn't consistent, perhaps because four screenwriters contributed to the production. It's never painfully bad - there are stretches that are simply bland, and others that fail to live up to the concept's potential.
It doesn't help that with exception to one of the four leads, the characters range from unimaginative to downright unlikable. Aniston is fine and Emma Roberts holds her own, but neither are very memorable (except for Aniston's non-nude stripping scene). Sudeikis plays the main character, but his role is the worst written of the bunch. Only unknown Will Poulter really rises to the occasion among the four; he's consistently funny and makes the most of his opportunity to shine.
We're the Millers does get better as it goes along, and by the time the ending credits roll, it's hard to call the movie a waste of time. It's moderately entertaining and fast-paced, at times funny. Still, it's hard not to acknowledge how, with a few tweaks to the characters, the movie could have been significantly better.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.