Sunday 29 December 2013

Today's Review: We're The Millers

It's been a while since I've sat down and watched a movie, and I felt in the mood for some comedy, so this seemed the way to go. We're The Millers stars Jason Sudeikis as David, a drug dealer who is doing pretty well in life, apart from being alone and immature of course, but lots of money from selling pot is cool. However, after he is robbed of his stash, his boss agrees to settle the debt if he hops across the border to Mexico to pick up a shipment of weed and bring it back. Assuming that alone he'll be singled out at customs, David assembles a team including down on her luck stripper Rose (Jennifer Aniston), runaway teen Casey (Emma Roberts) and clueless neighbour Kenny (Will Poulter), to pretend to be his family and avoid suspicion. But upon arriving in Mexico and finding the haul of drugs to be ever so slightly larger than expected, the "Millers" find themselves experiencing a variety of misfortunes to complete the job.

Yeah, this is an interesting premise, and is actually set up pretty well. The main characters all have great actors putting in a good amount of work. Aniston and Sudeikis in particular do a great job as the leads, and there are some nice cameos from Nick Offerman and Luis Guzmán. However, at almost two hours long, the movie certainly does drag, and the potential that the plot has becomes stretched quite thin, meaning we are often treated to unnecessary twists and turns and awkward, overplayed scenes done purely for the gross out/awkward factor, it seems. Sure, there are a few chuckles to be had, I certainly enjoyed a fair few moments, but the good bits are kind of buried underneath randomly dropped F-bombs and what seems like a lot of filler material.

We're The Millers certainly isn't a bad film. It has a strong cast that does well with the material they're given, it's just that the movie could have done with being a lot shorter, with a lot of the scenes leaving me wish they had just ended sooner, or never been put in to begin with. It's a good movie to watch if you're in the mood for some mindless comedy, but it's nothing remarkable. 

My rating: 3/5

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