We’re the Millers, is about a mid-level pot dealer named David (Jason Sudeikis) who gets stuck in the middle of a robbery, losing all the money he was stashing for his dealer/boss.
It was as big chunk of money but his dealer, Brad (Ed Helms) said that rather than owe him the money, he could act like a drug mule for him, running down to Mexico to pick up a “smidge” of pot, and bring it back to the U.S.. (Helms isn’t a huge player in the film, just a stepping stone or two for the plot.)
David is trying to figure out how to get in and out of Mexico, blending in with the traffic at the border, when he hits upon the idea of snagging a few helpers to pose as a family.
One, his neighbor kid, Kenny (Will Poulter), whose parents left for a night out… six weeks ago. He’s the son!
Another neighbor, a stripper named Rose (Jennifer Aniston), who won’t have anything to do with David… well, we see how that goes. She’s the wife/mom.
And there’s the street punk Casey (Emma Roberts) who is willing to play along for the cash.
Oh, and they hate each other more or less.
But as s*! hits the fan, one or the other makes the right move to get the whole gang out of the fryer.
I’d also be negligent if I didn’t mention that Nick Offerman and Kathryn Hahn play the Fitzgeralds. But I’ll let you discover their role in all this drug running comedy!
We’re the Millers is a pretty funny flick. It starts out with funny bits, goes a little serious, gets funny again and as the story moves along, the group dynamic, or lack there of, grows on you.
Sudeikis did not make a fan out of me. He plays a bit of a cold-shouldered butthead that is not very endearing. But he has his moments.
Aniston as a stripper… well, she ain’t a spring chicken, but for a 44-year-old, she does rock. (Unless that’s a body double in spots.) She’s a bit more funny than Jason.
Roberts has some gem moments while at times, Poulter steals the show. Some of the looks on his face are just precious at times.
Oh! And Castle’s daughter, Molly C. Quinn also plays a part in the movie. It’s weird (in a good way) to see her in something other than ABC’s Castle.
Oddly, despite each individual character being more or less, so-so, as an ensemble, they pull it off nicely. And the story itself borders on over-the-top, but doesn’t quite go over that ledge.
We had a good time watching it and I think it’s worthy of the rental fee. Though I’m glad I didn’t drop a chunk of change at the movie theater to see it.
Score? I think I’ll give it a popcorn-7. It might be a bit generous, but I don’t think it deserves a 6.