Movie Review: We are the Millers - Adult Comedy Juvenile Humour!
As far as Adult Comedies go, there are no real standards that people try to live up to. After all, one of the most successful adult comedy franchise "American Pie" isn't an epitome of intelligence or good film making anyways. It's not like people are waiting for decent material like "Pineapple Express" or "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" or even "Harold & Kumar Go to the White Castle"! Very rarely do you see a "Little Miss Sunshine" or "Juno" kind of adult comedy. So then "We are the Millers" doesn't have to be sensible or logical, and the makers make sure it isn't. They just take up a weird problem, put in some quirky characters, add some improbable situations and viola, the film is ready.
So what is it about?
David (Jason Sudeikis), a guy in his early 40s is leading a chilled out life, minding his own business i.e. selling drugs in his neighbourhood, when a bunch of teenage guys rob him of all his dope and money. Now, he is in trouble because the man he peddles the dope for, Brad Gurdlinger (Ed Helms) needs his money back! The only way he can do that is by moving a huge shipment of weed from Mexico to the U.S. for Brad. So he cooks up a plan of going into Mexico as a family man and getting that shipment. And thus the Millers are born - a drug dealer, a stripper (Jeniffer Aniston), a runaway child (Emma Roberts) and a nerdy virgin (Will Poulter). Is his plan successful? Will this ragtag bunch be able to pass off as a family? That is what the film is all about.
Though the film is not consistently funny, it's brisk and has some laugh out loud moments. It is at least a brainless entertaining watch and never really bores or offends you (unlike Adam Sandler films)! The performances by Jason Sudeikis, Jeniffer Aniston and Will Poulter, individually are really good. They blurt out expletives effortlessly and don't seem uncomfortable doing the weirdest things. What is good is that no one, except Ed Helms of course, really overacts or gives an over the top performance.What doesn't
Neither the story, nor the way it is told is up to mark. Rawson Marshall Thurber does an ordinary job at the helm. The dialogues though wacky are not really imaginative. The situations created are just derivative of situations created in endless road-trip adult comedies like Euro Trip, Road Trip, Harold and Kumar or even Dumb and Dumber. There is nothing refreshing about it all. What the film suffers from is ordinary writing and direction. It's just the actors who make it watchable. The director even tries to put in a sensitive side to each wacky character but it doesn't work. The transition from money thirsty to love thirsty isn't really convincing. Plus, though the actors work well individually, there is no real chemistry between them.
To see or not to see
It's neither outrageously funny, nor is it a memorable road trip film. So watch it if you have to go to the theater or if you are a Jeniffer Aniston fan. Otherwise, you might as well wait for a DVD to arrive because it's atleast a watchable, breezy fare. Watch this Adult Comedy with Juvenile humour only if you must.
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