We’re the Millers

Studio-Provided Plot Synopsis: David Burke (Jason Sudeikis) is a small-time pot dealer whose clientele includes chefs and soccer moms, but no kids-after all, he has his scruples. So what could go wrong? Plenty. Preferring to keep a low profile for obvious reasons, he learns the hard way that no good deed goes unpunished when he tries to help out some local teens and winds up getting jumped by a trio of gutter punks. Stealing his stash and his cash, they leave him in major debt to his supplier, Brad (Ed Helms). In order towipe the slate clean-and maintain a clean bill of health-David must now become a big-time drug smuggler by bringing Brad’s latest shipment in from Mexico. Twisting the arms of his neighbors, cynical stripper Rose (Jennifer Aniston) and wannabe customer Kenny (Will Poulter), and the tatted-and-pierced streetwise teen Casey (Emma Roberts), he devises a foolproof plan. One fake wife, two pretend kids and a huge, shiny RV later, the “Millers” are headed south of the border for a Fourth of July weekend that is sure to end with a bang.

My Thoughts: First, the negatives. August is typically considered a dumping ground for summer films, and it’s easy to see why We’re the Millers was released here. The laughs here are few and far between. It’s not a good sign when the funniest moments come via closing credit gag reel. It’s a shame, because the cast involved has largely done better in other films, so we know they’re capable of more. Jennifer Aniston, in particular, has a strong enough box office presence where I’d hope she’d start choosing better projects. That being said, there are a few positives. Nick Offerman and Kathryn Hahn are easily the standouts of the film with their supporting roles. Also, while it may be damning the film with faint praise, the film is funnier than some other comedies released this summer. In other words, there are far worse choices playing in theaters.

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