Depending on your tolerance of SNL vet Jason Sudeikis, you will either find We’re the Millers
to be a largely mind-numbing experience or an unexpected guilty pleasure. I’m somewhere in the middle, the movie positions itself as a pot comedy only to morph into National Lampoon’s Vacation
territory, if only Chevy Chase’s Clark Griswald character was an international pot smuggler.
Dave (Jason Sudeikis) is a low-life who spends his days delivering marijuana to a wide-ranging clientele. Though he’s an unscrupulous man, Dave abides by a single principle; No selling to kids. This includes a virginal 17yr old boy named Kenny, who lives in his apartment complex. One evening while trying to break-up a fight, David is robbed of 43,000 dollars and a large amount of his newly received stash. Problem is that the money was owed to his supplier. His boss, drug lord Brad Gurdlinger (Ed Helms) forces David to transport “a smidgen” a weed across the Border from Mexico in order to clear his debt. In a moment of inspiration and in order to seem less suspicious, he hires a stripper named Rose (Jennifer Aniston), a runaway teenage girl named Casey (Emma Roberts), and his neighbor Kenny (Will Poulter) to act as a family unit named the “Millers”.
With the bogus family on board a large RV, the group attempts to smuggle a lot more pot than originally planned. This leads to an escalating series of unfortunate events that culminates with the family being tracked by a ruthless cartel head and his vicious henchman.
We’re the Millers isn’t going to be remembered for years to come like director Rawson Marshall Thurber’s previous work, Dodgeball. But it is an enjoyable 100 minutes with enough laughs to keep the film moving at a decent clip. As with most comedies there isn’t any reason to rush out and experience this film for theatrical pricing. In a few months time We’re the Millers will be making its way to REDBOX kiosks or V.O.D. where it probably should have debuted.
Stars: Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Ed Helms
Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber