We're the Millers features a great comedic cast, yet somehow just about completely misses the mark when it comes to a good comedy.
It's basically a paint-by-numbers road trip movie about a low-level pot dealer forced to smuggle what he's told is "a smidge" of marijuana by his supplier.
Jason Sudeikis plays David Clark, the dealer. After he's robbed of his drugs and money, his supplier, played by Ed Helms, tells him to pick up the pot and bring it back into the United States.
Clark decides the best way to get through the border is if it looks like he‘s the father of a regular family. This is where Jennifer Anniston's Rose comes into play. She's Clark's stripper neighbor whom he recruits to play his wife. It's instantly obvious the two can‘t stand one another. He also enlists the help of a homeless "gutter punk" girl named Casey, played by Emma Roberts, to play his daughter. And for his son, a kid from his apartment building named Kenny, played by Will Poulter.
From here on out, this group of misfits are at each other's throats through most of the film. After picking up that "smidge," which turns out to be tons of marijuana, chaos ensues. To make matters even worse, the marijuana David picks up actually belongs to a high-powered Mexican drug lord who promptly comes after the fake family.
There are plenty of gross-out gags along the way, including Kenny getting bit in a very uncomfortable place by a tarantula. Unfortunately, most of the jokes fall flat. You can catch the funniest parts of the movies in the trailers. There are very few and far between laugh out loud moments and the film becomes extremely formulaic.
Besides the disgusting jokes, most of which are given away by the multiple trailers, there's not much to this story. There's no one to really root for. Any time a movie has you wanting to check your watch before it's even half way over, it's a bad sign.
It seems like the movie could have taken much darker turns, but it never really feels like any of the characters are in serious danger. There are few moments that stand out, such as Nick Offerman and Kathryn Hahn providing some big laughs when they help out the Millers on the road.
But, ultimately, We're the Millers is forgettable at best.
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