Much like the general horror movies, the genre of comedy can spit out a few B-grade fares that will hopefully bring in some money for the first few weeks as a kind of jump for a studio and then go away only to wait for DVD sales. I say horror because that was much the case for two other summer movies, The Purge and The Conjuring. Now how do these two movies relate to We’re the Millers? Well much like the other two, Millers gained its budget back in a week and then proceeded to exceed expectations for such a small flick.
The movie stars SNL’s Jason Sudekis as David Clark, a drug dealer who after a shakedown with some crooks is left with his money and product stolen. He then has to face Brad Gurdlinger (Ed Helms), his boss, who gives him the option of making up for his mistake by taking on a new job. David much move some marijuana across the border from Mexico. David accepts and enlists the help of neighbor Kenny (Poulter), troubled teen Casey (Roberts), and stripper Rose (Aniston) to help him pose as an average family taking a vacation.
This gag of this band of misfits posing as a family is the central joke throughout and if you can get along with that you should enjoy the movie. It isn’t anything wildly original and works mainly due to funny performances by Sudekis, Nick Offerman, and Kathryn Hahn. Hahn and Offerman play a husband and wife from a family that comes across the Millers when returning to the United States. They both steal scenes and honestly show that maybe we should of centered the movie around those two.
Outside of those three actors, there wasn’t too many outstanding spots. Aniston is comparable and shows that she can take on a role like this and pull it off. The other younger stars were ok but nothing to write home about. What really worked in the film was the fish out of water scenarios that the Millers got into as well as the misunderstandings that took place between the conservative, atypical family that were the Fitzgeralds and the false family that was the Millers.
I think what caught me most about it was its kind of classic, road trip comedy feel. It carried that same weight that you would find from say a Vacation movie with Sudekis playing a somewhat watered down Chevy Chase character but lacked the memorable moments or lines. It was an upgrade though of more recent road trip movies such as Robin Williams’ RV as it actually tackled a few issues that were relevant to viewers such as dealing with girls and choosing to finally live an adult life. Because of course we wanted to learn that from this movie!
We’re the Millers knows exactly what it is and never strives to outdo itself. It is a perfect Redbox rental or something you can throw on in the background of a party. It has its laughs but doesn’t leave you wanting more.