“We’re the Millers” is the latest film from Rawson Marshall Thurber, the writer/director of “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story.” Similarly crass and strange, “We’re the Millers” relies on shocks to engage its absurd plot.
David (Jason Sudeikis) sells marijuana for a living but gets robbed of his pot and money when he tries to protect his neighbor kid Kenny (Will Poulter) and vagrant Casey (Emma Roberts) from a gang. Owing his supplier Brad Gurdlinger (Ed Helms) and having no options, David is forced to take a trip to Mexico to bring back a supply of drugs. He recruits Kenny and Casey along with his stripper neighbor Rose (Jennifer Aniston) to pretend to be his family in order to look less suspicious crossing the border. Brad doesn’t tell David the details of the arrangement, so David and “family” experience numerous surprises along the way while avoiding a curious RV family (Nick Offerman, Kathryn Hahn, and Molly C. Quinn) that keeps showing up.
Everything from incest humor to an enlarged testicle, “We’re the Millers” is extremely offensive, crude, and very wrong. Much of the humor relies on shocking the audience, but the casualness of the dialogue makes it work. Completely abandoning her formerly wholesome image, Jennifer Aniston continues with the crude humor she started doing in “Horrible Bosses” and provides the best jokes in the film along with Will Poulter’s Kenny (mainly because Poulter is so committed to being his character). The RV couple played by Hahn and Offerman offer numerous laughs, making up for Sudeikis’ annoyingly rude character and another blah performance from Roberts.
Yes, it’s stupid. It’s dumb. It’s dumb, dumb, dumb. But “We’re the Millers” is surprisingly funnier than expected. It rides the line between absurd and silly, a few times going too far, but you can laugh at enough of “We’re the Millers” to be worth a watch. The ending is pretty lame, but it is followed by some bloopers.
Rating for “We’re the Millers:” C+
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