Sunday, August 11, 2013

We're the Millers Review - 2½ Stars

Jason Sudeikis plays a small time drug dealer in big trouble with his supplier.  To make things right, Jason must go to Mexico and smuggle a ton of weed across the border.  And then he gets a bright idea:  Impersonate a mid-America white bread family and do the deed in an RV.    He finds street urchin Emma Roberts, goofy home alone nerd Will Poulter, and over the hill stripper Jennifer Anniston, cleans them up, dresses them like family and off they go.   The jokes and language earn the “R” rating for this comedy which also includes an impromptu but PG-13 striptease from  Jennifer Anniston.  Of course tough Mexican thugs pursue our heroes.  And they meet a real square RV family headed by a DEA agent.  “The Hangover’s” Ed Helms gets a nice cameo as the white collar drug lord who puts this plot into motion.  Nick Offerman has another great turn.  He stood out as the depressed Dad in “The Kings of Summer”—this time he gets the role of the square D E A agent.    “We’re the Millers” has some laugh out loud moments mixed in with the predictable plots twists.  It plays like a comedy version of “Breaking Bad” and of course throws in a few family values.  Does it deliver what it promises?  Not a great comedy but an often funny one.  Is it entertaining?  Mostly.  Is it worth the price of admission?  Nice R rated summer fare.