WE’RE THE MILLERS: THE REVIEW

This is one recent corny comedy I have been stinging to see, it just looks like a heap of fun and I love Will Poulter – that scene with the tarantula and then him “rapping” in the trailer – SOLD – unfortunately I had to miss out for the review screening but thankfully Salty Kernel, CLAIRE SMITH, attended and she enjoyed this road trip drug smuggling fake family comedy. We’re the Millers is rated MA15+ and is released this Thursday 15th August and runs for 110mins. Enjoy Claire’s review.

In order to smuggle “A smidge and a half” of marijuana (Read: three tonnes worth) across the border from Mexico, a smalltime Denver dealer creates a fake family and parades them on a family road trip in order to deliver the goods back to Colorado. 

 

Rawson Marshall Thurber, Bob Fisher, Steve Faber, Sean Anders, John Morris, Claire Smith, Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Emma Roberts, Nick Offerman, Kathryn Hahn, Will Poulter, Ed Helms, We're The Millers, We're The Millers Review,
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Let me start by saying I have “No Ragrets” about seeing We’re the Millers – that one will make sense once you watch this film, and you should watch it (You know what I’m saying?). It’s a fast-paced, “disastrous road-trip” style comedy with a unique panicked and improvised sort of script. It’s a film that scoffs at its own cliche’s and then mows them down with a ten-tonne RV.

Jason Sudeikis (Hall Pass, The Campaign) plays David Clarke…erm…Miller – a small-town big-experience drug-dealer who has made a living from selling small batches of weed to stressed mothers, overworked fathers and professional types on the sly. When his stash is stolen and his cashed-up drug-baron boss Brad Gurdlinger (Ed Helms – The Hangover, The Office) finds out, David is finagled into smuggling a smidge, nay a smidge-and-a-half of the green-stuff across the border – A.K.A “Enough weed to kill Willie Nelson”.

 

Rawson Marshall Thurber, Bob Fisher, Steve Faber, Sean Anders, John Morris, Claire Smith, Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Emma Roberts, Nick Offerman, Kathryn Hahn, Will Poulter, Ed Helms, We're The Millers, We're The Millers Review,
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Convinced that a singleton crossing the border will raise red flags like bunting on a fourth of July parade, David convinces tenants of his apartment building to parade as his family members and travel with him in a company-bought RV

(FYI, an RV, or Winnebago is one of those massive camper-van retirement homes on wheels that you see in American comedies).

Jennifer Aniston (Friends, Office Space) plays Rose O’Reilly *cough* Miller. She does a good job of the “I’ve had enough of this sh*t” type of overworked/ underpaid, “I’m just doing this for the money” stripper. Yes, there are some gratuitous shots of her stripping; settle down boys. Yes, they are completely superfluous to the story. Yes, I did remove one pop from the rating for one particularly fleshy and unnecessary scene. That aside, it’s a great character played well by the starchy and uppity Aniston.

 

Rawson Marshall Thurber, Bob Fisher, Steve Faber, Sean Anders, John Morris, Claire Smith, Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Emma Roberts, Nick Offerman, Kathryn Hahn, Will Poulter, Ed Helms, We're The Millers, We're The Millers Review,
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We’re The Millers succeeded for me as a standout because of its clearly defined character motives. The characters are flawed, to be sure, but even though they are all immoral and somewhat unlikable, we feel for their failings. We empathise with them for the poor choices they have made. They’re very human and very relatable.

The surprise standout for this one was Will Poulter (Son of Rambow, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader) as the Millers’ fake son Kenny Rossmore…Miller…

His portrayal of dweeby, geeky pathetic and awkward teen was just adorkable and there are some really stellar feature scenes with him that absolutely steal the show. One particular make-out scene had me querying if the blushing was clever make-up work or just Poulter’s own bashful countenance turning crimson on its own. Keep an eye out for this one, I think we’ll be seeing more of him.

 

Rawson Marshall Thurber, Bob Fisher, Steve Faber, Sean Anders, John Morris, Claire Smith, Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Emma Roberts, Nick Offerman, Kathryn Hahn, Will Poulter, Ed Helms, We're The Millers, We're The Millers Review,
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We’re the Millers is just plain old good fun. Thankfully the best bits aren’t pre-ruined by the trailers, there’s laughs a-plenty in this 110minute flick. It’s a really fun little bit of light entertainment. Yes, the story can be a little predictable, but so what? It’s a damn fun way to spend a couple hours. Make sure you stick around for the gag-scene in the credits.

I really enjoyed myself at this film and am rating it three and a half pops. 

 

KERNEL CLAIRE’S POP SCORE:

3 and a Half Pops

 

SALTY’S POP SCORE:

3 and a Half Pops