We’re the Millers
Starring: Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts, Will Poulter, Ed Helms, Nick Offerman, Katherine Hahn
Directed by: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Run Time: 110 mins
Opens August 7th
By Lisa Minzey of The Reel Critic.com
Hey Phoenix Film Fans! In a mid-week release for an end-of the summer treat is the offbeat comedy, "We're the Millers" starring Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts and Will Poulter. Sudeikis and Aniston's films are usually hit or miss, so how does this latest film compare? Read on to find out.
When small time drug dealer David Clark (Jason Sudeikis) finds himself in hot water, he makes a deal with his boss, old college friend Brad Gurdlinger (Ed Helms). David is to drive from Colorado to Mexico to pick up a “smidge” of marijuana. Brad will finance the whole thing, but David needs to figure out a way to get it past the border patrol. Inspiration strikes David when he sees a family needing directions while traveling cross country in their RV. After some major pleading, he enlists the services of a neighbor kid, Kenny Rossmore (Will Poulter), a street urchin, Casey Mathis (Emma Roberts) and the hot stripper neighbor, Rose O’Reilly (Jennifer Aniston). This group puts the fun in a dysfunctional family as it travels down into Mexico, where they double cross a drug lord and try to get back across the border in 24 hours. Will they be able to do it or will it all prove to be too much craziness and drama from the colorful characters they encounter along the way?
Only two words can sum up the total experience of this movie: outrageously hilarious. Probably the best film by Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis have each done in years, each actor is at the top of their game in this raunchy comedy. Aniston not only looks fabulous physically, but finally has been able to mix the bad girl image that is wanted with the funny sweet girl that audience originally fell in love with on "Friends". Sudeikis's films are usually hit or miss, but the complimentary misfits cast to play opposite his role help balance out the obnoxious frat douche that he usually plays. A great surprise was the supporting cast of characters in Ed Helms, Nick Offerman and Katherine Hahn, all who are excellent at physical, improvisational comedy. What's so great about watching these three is that their improv skills are so finely tuned is you can't tell whether the insane comments coming from their mouth is scripted or off the cuff. Much like a well played tennis match the lines that zing back and forth between all the characters are so fast and unexpected that what looks like an end of the summer filler film is comedic brilliance in play. The story was refreshingly original and only slightly predictable, but the balance of script with improv as seen over the credits make this a highly entertaining film to watch.