Movie Review: We’re The Millers

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If anyone asks, We’re The Millers is a new comedy film from New Line Cinema directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber of Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story.

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The story revolves around David Burke (Jason Sudeikis), a small-time pot dealer whose clientele includes chefs and soccer moms, but no kids-after all, he has his scruples. So what could go wrong? Plenty. Preferring to keep a low profile for obvious reasons, he learns the hard way that no good deed goes unpunished when he tries to help out some local teens and winds up getting jumped by a trio of gutter punks. Stealing his stash and his cash, they leave him in major debt to his supplier, Brad (Ed Helms). In order to wipe the slate clean-and maintain a clean bill of health-David must now become a big-time drug smuggler by bringing Brad’s latest shipment in from Mexico. Twisting the arms of his neighbors, cynical stripper Rose (Jennifer Aniston) and wannabe customer Kenny (Will Poulter), and the tatted-and-pierced streetwise teen Casey (Emma Roberts), he devises a foolproof plan. One 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 sure to end with a bang.

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The joy of the film belongs to its likeable main cast. Director Thurber brought together a terrific cast to portray four mismatched individuals pretending to be a family. Evident in the ending credits bloopers, he let them improvise their lines. Jason Sudeikis is a natural comedian. With his ability to adlib, the end result is hilarious. Jennifer Anniston is great and hot as a stripper mom. I like the F.R.I.E.N.D.S theme song reference that the cast sang for her. Emma Roberts is good too as a rebel teen. You might remember Will Poulter as the annoying cousin of Edmund and Lucy in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Now, we see him pull off a perfect blend of awkwardness and sweetness for this film as Kenny. He’s the standout for me.

The story is pretty straightforward. I think the airplane, scorpion bite and the road trip part to Mexico scenes are good. Yes, most are in the trailer already but still nice to see in the screen again. I also like the “weed baby” part. I thought it was funny to see the characters panic just to conceal that lie. There were additional characters such as the Fitzgeralds played by Nick Offerman, Kathryn Hahn and Molly Quinn thrown in to add fun. The latter parts start to become predictable. For instance, the drug dealers find the Millers so fast in the climax. Overall, it’s typical but there’s no denying that I had fun.

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Verdict:

The title “We’re the Millers” suits the film. They are the source of the humor. Despite the film’s flaws, you can still rely on the cast to make up for it.

Distributed by Warner Bros. Philippines, “We’re The Millers” is now showing nationwide!

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About the movie reviewer:

Orange Magazine TV‘s newest film critic is a self-confessed movie geek. John Albert Villanueva love movies so much, he watch every movies from the big screen and collects DVDs of classic movies. Read his other review here.

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