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'We're the Millers' is a mixed bag of things we've seen before

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'We're the Millers'

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The problem with We're the Millers is that you've seen it before. Pineapple Express, Paul, Horrible Bosses, and a few other movies come to mind while watching We're the Millers. That's not necessarily a bad thing but the film doesn't score many points on originality. Even though some of the characters and jokes are rehashed, there are several genuinely funny moments in the film that earn their laughs. Yes, We're the Millers is still worth a look ...on DVD.

We're the Millers stars Jason Sudeikis as middle-aged David Clark. David hasn't gone too far in life since high school. He has no family, lives at home with his Mom, and sells weed for a living. The problem is that David is perfectly fine with his stagnant life. But, when he gets robbed of his merchandise, David gets talked into smuggling a shipment of pot over the Mexican border to pay back his boss for the missing weed. In order to do this, David enlists the help of some surrounding misfits to pose as his fake family so that they can safely smuggle the marijuana over the border without getting caught.

The reason that We're the Millers still works is because of the cast and the chemistry that they have together. Jennifer Anniston and Jason Sudeikis perfect their banter by mixing mild insults with flirtatious wise cracks. Innocent Kenny (Will Poulter) acts as the butt of many jokes from the rest of the jaded characters but it's his "straight man" routine that get some of the biggest laughs. And angsty Casey (Emma Roberts) embodies her teenage rebel attitude with flair. If these actors and actresses didn't have the chemistry that we see on screen, We're the Millers would lose its audience's interest after the first act.

That is where the problems lie with We're the Millers. The story. Besides being unoriginal, it's also predictable, and downright boring in parts. We've seen all of the characters before in other movies and the villains are so one-dimensional that it truly feels like they were pulled from any one of ten other similar types of movies that the writers used as a template. The ending is downright ridiculous, and that's saying something for a comedy. Nobody expects an Oscar-caliber story out of a film like We're the Millers, but at times it feels like the only prerequisite for writing it was a Netflix account and some copy paper.

In the end, We're the Millers is worth a look in the comfort of your home. Sure, it's not going to break any new boundaries (or even see a sequel), but if you've got a couple hours to spare and feel like doing it watching a movie, then you could do worse.

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