Let’s keep this simple: We’re the Millers is hilarious. It’s a foul mouthed road trip movie under the thinly veiled guise of a family vacation film. Again, it’s hilarious.
Jason Sudeikis (Horrible Bosses) plays David, a man in his 40s still sporting college scruff, shaggy hair, hoodies, and a backpack, while making his living selling marijuana. But when he’s robbed of his stockpile of drugs and money, David’s boss gives him one option to save his neck: go to Mexico and bring home a “smidge, smidge and a half” of primo weed.
What David quickly realizes is that his appearance will send up a dozen red flags if he tries to cross the border from Mexico to the U.S. in an RV full of marijuana. With the help of his dipstick latchkey kid neighbor Kenny, David concocts a scheme so ridiculous it will probably work. He enlists Kenny, his stripper neighbor Rose (Jennifer Aniston), and a snarky homeless teenager (Emma Roberts) to pose as his family on a vacation trip to Mexico. The not remotely wholesome group tries to pass themselves off as an ABC Family sitcom while constantly insulting each other in the confines of their drug-filled RV. As if pretending to be the Cleavers isn’t enough, they have to dodge other drug smugglers and fool a genuine squeaky clean family that has latched onto the Millers like a pot smoker on snack food.
We’re the Millers is filled with improvisational quips and enough F-bombs to make Joe Pesci proud. Despite the fact that they are not related, they consistently end up in typical family situations and deal with them in bizarre, albeit, thoughtful ways. A series of obstacles mar their progress yet the movie never delves into the frustrating “Are we there yet?” territory of other road trip movies. Their shenanigans are clever, ridiculous and always funny. Plus, the audience is spared the fury-inducing frustration of the typical bumbling travel companion common place in this type of movie. Though each “Miller” causes problems, you still love the family. Oh, there’s also a scene where Aniston strips to a classic Aerosmith song.
Aside from the four leads who are hilarious in their respective family roles, Nick Offerman and Kathryn Hahn as the Fitzgeralds and Ed Helms as Brad, David’s boss, produce comedy gold. The wholesome Fitzgerald family, complete with dad’s oversized travel coffee mug and mom’s wide-brimmed sun visor, appear to have stepped straight off the pages of Squaresville, USA bringing with them family friendly cuss words and a love of campfire games. Helms effectively ditches his panicky character from The Hangover to play a complete and total tool you’ll love to hate.
We’re the Millers was made in 2013, is rated R, and is 119 minutes long with an extended cut that includes 8 minutes of additional material. Special features include outtakes and gag reels chock full of improvised one-liners, deleted scenes, behind the scenes featurettes “Stories from the Road,” “Livin’ it up with Brad,” and “When Paranoia Sets in.” The story was written by Bob Fisher and Steve Faber, with the screenplay by Fisher, Faber, Sean Anders, and John Morris, and the movie was directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber. The two-disc special edition can be found anywhere DVDs are sold for $15-20.