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Check Your Brain at the Border – A review of We’re the Millers
Title: We’re the Millers
Production Company: Warner Brothers Pictures
Run Time: 110 minutes
Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Stars: Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Will Poulter, Emma Roberts, Ed Helms
Summary: Pathos aside, this film attempts to humorize and glamorize drug smuggling as a fake family tries to move marijuana across the international border from Mexico to the U.S.
What’s the best way to move two tons of drugs across the Mexican-American border?
According to this movie, get an RV and a fake family and just mosey on over. Thank god that won’t work in real life. I would hope that border agents are better and smarter than those presented in this movie.
Jason Sudeikis (Saturday Night Live – from the era where the comedians are less funny or interesting than the original Not Ready for Prime Time Players) stars as a small time drug dealer who loses a stash of drugs and cash and in order to pay back his source (Ed Helms of Hangover fame), he agrees to go to Mexico to pick up a drug supply.
Along for the ride are Jennifer Aniston, a stripper who masquerades as his “wife” and his two ‘kids’ Kenny (Will Poulter) and Casey (Emma Roberts). Together, they make up the average American family complete with RV and the cache of prepackaged weed that, while not exactly left out in the open, certainly wouldn’t be difficult for even the most moronic DEA agent to stumble across in even a cursory inspection of the traveling motor home that practically screams “SEARCH ME!”
Suspension of disbelief aside, however, the film is rife with humor that stretches the boundary of taste and credibility. Also, if you’re expecting to see any nudity, you won’t be disappointed, however it’s neither from the character who you would expect or desire to see in the buff.
Like many comedies that proliferate in the multiplexes these days, though, there is an underlying sense of pathos that actually makes you root for the “family” despite their shortcomings and overall narcissistic behavior.
Some of the biggest laughs, though, come at the end of the movie during the end credits which feature outtakes and bloopers from the movie’s production. I personally laughed loudest during the last scene which pays homage to Aniston’s television career which ultimately provided the spring board to her movie appearances.
One could wish, though, that she would make better choices for this phase of her acting career. I give We’re the Millers 2 out of 5 stars.