So that's a nice image up above huh?
Oh right. I have to review a movie. Sorry, folks. More ogling later.
We're the Millers is yet another in the recent crop of R-rated comedies in the same vein as Bridesmaids, The Heat, The Hangover trilogy, and so forth that tries to wring more laughs out, well, using F-bombs and sex jokes. That's fine. That can be quite hilarious. Just to set the scene, though, we begin the movie with a series of YouTube clips to get the comedic juices flowing. That's not a good sign. Thankfully it does get better.
The infinitely likable and smarmy Jason Sudeikis plays David, a life-long underachiever and pot dealer who does one good thing. He tries to help a damsel in distress and that results in his entire stash of hash, money and what not getting stolen. So, he's in a bind. He gets an offer, sorta, from his supplier (Ed Helms) to do a simple pickup and delivery of "a smidgeon" of marijuana. David, in his infinite wisdom, concocts an idea that ropes his stripper neighbor Rose (Jennifer Aniston), an always alone goofball teenager Kenny (Will Poulter) and the the aforementioned damsel in distress, runaway/gutter rat Casey (Emma Roberts) into his scheme. Get an RV. Parade as a family known as, you guessed it, the Millers and get paid. Simple as that. It's R-rated shenanigans meets family road trip adventure a'la the National Lampoon Vacation movies. It's honestly about time we got that sort of mash-up. It's been a while.
The journey to Mexico is filled with mishaps: a fellow RV-driving family (Nick Offerman and Kathryn Hahn) who want to be super best friends, insect bites, young romance and drug dealers who want to murder the entire lot! It feels a bit rote but, ultimately, the test of a comedy is if it made you laugh or not. This one did, for the most part. The kids are downright forgettable spare Kenny's one bit singing TLC's Waterfalls . Aniston and Suidekis have a genuine rapport on-screen and they, thankfully, redeem some of the shortcomings of the film. Offerman and Hahn as the far-too-friendly family shoehorning in on the Millers road-trip is replete with dead-pan delivery that both actors are known for.
The picture at the top is from a rather long sequence that was put in, basically, so we could look at how hot Jennifer Aniston is. While I'm normally fine with that it did feel like it stretched on and on. It served a purpose in helping the "family" get out of a jam but it, like a lot of other things felt like something being checked off a list. Mechanical at times but nowhere near as efficient.
The gags range from dealing with a tarantula bite on Kenny's penis to David coaching his would-be son on how to give a proper bribe to a Mexican police offer (Or rather a rather unfunny and uneasy scene about a teenager blowing a grown man. Seriously. Poor Luis Guzman.) There's budding romance that's rather saccharine followed by a scene involving Kenny practicing kissing with his "mother and sister". Results unfold rather predictably and that's to be expected really. I wasn't going into this with high expectations. Perhaps that's why I found it to be better than, perhaps, the general critical consensus was showing.
Not all the jokes work. The ones that do gave me some serious laughs. That, in itself, was reason enough to validate the price of admission. Will I bother seeing it again like other great R-rated comedies as of late? Nah. Is it mostly forgettable? Sure. It does have Jennifer Aniston stripping and having water cascade down her svelte form though. So. That's probably a point in the positive column.
It felt, at times, like they were just throwing whatever they could out at the audience and seeing what worked. Scattershot and uneven. Sudeikis and Aniston are good enough, though, that the film overcomes absolute medicority.