Saturday, August 24 2013, 02:15 PM MDT
Movie Review: We're the Millers
3 out of 5 Stars
Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudekis, Emma Roberts
Recommended To: Those looking for a vulgar, but often-funny film with a warped sense of humor.
Synopsis: When David Clark (Jason Sudekis), a small-time drug dealer, is forced into agreeing to smuggle a large amount of weed into the U.S. from Mexico he hires a stripper (Jennifer Aniston), a runaway (Emma Roberts) and an awkward teen (Will Poulter) to be his family.
Review: We’re the Millers is a vulgar comedy of errors. Working from a script by Wedding Crashers’ Bob Fisher and Steve Faber and Hot Tub Time Machine’s Sean Anders and John Morris, Dodgeball director Rawson Marshall Thurber has created the sort film that the Farrelly Brothers have been trying to make since the success of There’s Something About Mary. It’s a predictable mesh of slapstick gags, gross-out humor and stereotypes, but it works better than I expected.
I can’t bring myself to call it a smart film, but it doesn’t feel dumbed down to the level of Grown Ups 2. It’s also not nearly as vulgar as The Hangover III or as violent as This Is the End and as a result is likely to appeal to a larger audience. The characters even have a little bit of depth and their growth throughout the film feels surprisingly natural, rather than a plot device. It’s not nearly as much fun as The Heat, but if you’re looking for laughs and can put up with the profanity We’re the Millers comes recommended.
-Ryan Michael Painter