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Film Review: Horrible ‘We’re the Millers’ Wastes Huge Potential

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CHICAGO – There was a point in “We’re the Millers” when the story fell off the table like a Slinky from a mountaintop. It’s as if other writers took over from a far superior dark comedy, and injected “heart” and middle age “stripping.” This all adds up to a difficult 110 minutes of lost life time.

HollywoodChicago.com Oscarman rating: 2.0/5.0
Rating: 2.0/5.0

What began with decent laughs and with Jason Sudeikis rattling off fast-talk dialogue like he was in a demented Howard Hawks movie, turns into a domestic comedy of the stupidest order, with an idiot plot that defies logic, gravity and star power. Jennifer Aniston does the obligatory last “rebellious” role as a stripper who never takes her clothes off, before she is destined for mommy roles or another sitcom, playing a mommy. The rest of the embarrassed cast – with attention particularly paid to Ed Helms and Luis Guzmán – trot out the lame situations with the low energy of tree sloths. This stuff has visible beads of sweat on its brow, and in desperation ends with some outtakes which just put an unfunny cherry on top of the crap cake.

Jason Sudeikis is David Clark, a burnt out smalltime pot dealer who never found time for a wife. He needs to collect 400 bucks from his neighbor Rose (Jennifer Aniston), a stripper at a club where no clothes past the underwear is shed. The menagerie of the rest of the apartment building includes a tense 18 year old Kenny (Will Poulter) – whose mother is never home – and Casey (Emma Roberts), the resident homeless runaway.

Besides Rose owing David money, David owes his pot distributor Brad (Ed Helms) some big bucks, and is broke due to some street thugs stealing both his stash and money. Brad offers David a way out. If he can transport a “smidgen” of marijuana from Mexico, his debt not only will be forgiven, but he would be paid extra. This motivates the small timer to recruit Rose, Kenny and Casey as his fake family, as he figures an RV with a typical family unit would most likely be allowed through a border check. Nothing can go wrong, can it?

“We’re the Millers” opens everywhere on August 7th. Featuring Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts, Will Poulter, Ed Helms, Nick Offerman, Kathryn Hahn, Molly Quinn and Luiz Guzmán. Screenplay by Bob Fisher, Steve Faber, Sean Anders and John Morris. Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber. Rated “R”

StarContinue reading for Patrick McDonald’s full review of “We’re the Millers”

Jennifer Aniston, Will Poulter, Emma Roberts, Jason Sudeikis
Rose (Jennifer Aniston), Kenny (Will Poulter), Casey (Emma Roberts) and David (Jason Sudeikis) in ‘We’re the Millers’
Photo credit: Warner Bros.

StarContinue reading for Patrick McDonald’s full review of “We’re the Millers”

pivotal1's picture

Wow I couldnt disagree more

We went to see it last night and I couldn’t disagree more. I thought it was one of the best comedy’s in years. THe whole theatre was busting out laughing at many parts. Jason Sudeikis is the perfect fit for a small drug dealer and his comments almost always had me rolling on the floor. Jennifer Aniston in addition to being so smoking hot is very good as a stripper and I felt the story although predictable was very good. I will watch it again on dvd also. since there are so many funny things that I will no doubt forget.

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