Directed by: Rawson Marshall Thurber
OK, we’ve all seen those “family” road trip films where everything that can possibly go wrong goes wrong, mostly to hilarious consequences, well this is a film that concept a step-and-a-half further. David Burke (Sudeikis) is a small-time pot dealer, whose clientele includes chefs and soccer moms, but he doesn’t sell to kids — after all, he does have some scruples. He lives alone in an apartment building, and he’s apparently been doing this since college. Needless to say, he is really pretty good at it, only leaving his house to drop off, pick up or to get food. So really, what could possibly go wrong with his life?
Actually, plenty. As can be expected, David prefers to keep a very low profile for obvious reasons, unfortunately he learns the hard way that no good deed goes unpunished. The idiot son of one of his neighbors accidently reveals to some local thugs that David is a pod-dealer resulting in him getting ripped off. Now he has a major big deal problem, they leave him in a serious hole to his supplier, Brad (Helms). So, in order to wipe the slate clean-and maintain a clean bill of health (as well as the use of his limbs) David must now travel to Mexico and pick up “a smidge” of pot, only the “smidge” is enough to load down the largest RV you can drive with a Class 3 license (or, as Dave puts it “enough weed to kill Willie Nelson”).
Well, on his way to becoming a big-time drug smuggler by bringing Brad's latest shipment in from Mexico, Dave hits on a scathingly brilliant idea, he convinces (bribes) a couple of his neighbors, cynical stripper Rose (Aniston) and wannabe customer (and the idiot son who got him mugged in the first place) Kenny (Will Poulter), as well as a tattooed-and-pierced streetwise teen Casey (Emma Roberts), to act as his family (because they will be harmless and allowed to pass through customs at the border). Now, equipped with a 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 bound to become the trip of their life.
As can be expected everything goes awry and they are chased by the real drug smugglers, run afoul of a DEA agent also on vacation, as well as other sorted and hilarious incidents that cause this film to be wet-your-pants funny, as well as a fun ride throughout.
Robert J. Sodaro has been reviewing films for some 30 years. During that time, his movie reviews and articles have appeared in numerous print publications, as well as on the web. Subscribe to receive regular articles and movie reviews.