Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber, We’re The Millers follows a small-time pot dealer, David Burke (Jason Sudeikis) who, left in major debt to his supplier, Brad (Ed Helms), must now become a big-time drug smuggler in order to wipe the slate clean. Forced to bring Brad’s latest shipment in from Mexico, David devises a foolproof plan to get him across the border, involving cynical stripper Rose (Jennifer Aniston), wannabe customer Kenny (Will Poulter), and the streetwise teen Casey (Emma Roberts). As he and his new family – the “Millers” – drive their shiny RV south for a family trip, their Fourth of July weekend is sure to end with a bang.
We’re The Millers is one of those comedies that gives you exactly what you expect and nothing more; it’s not original or new and exciting, and you’d never expect it to be the comedy of the year, but it does well as a one-off watch and makes you laugh enough to keep you entertained.
As a comedy with little potential, everything falls on the characters. Jason Sudeikis leads the film well and I’d like to see more of his comedies, but I really didn’t enjoy Jennifer Aniston‘s role. I thought I would have liked her character with it moving away from her stereotypical rom-com role, heading more towards her somewhat sexy character in Horrible Bosses, but it just seemed misplaced here. The rest of the cast was pretty good, however. Emma Roberts‘ character worked well, but it was Will Poulter who I enjoyed the most. He’s been great in a most of the roles he’s had so far, but this character showed a little diversity and that he’s growing up into an actor we should hope to see more of.