When I first watched We’re The Millers, I thought that this was a very average and underwhelming comedy in comparison to many other films of the genre, but sadly in this age of modern comedy, this is more the norm than the exception.
Likeable stoner and local dealer David (Jason Sudekis) has his drugs and money stolen after helping his young neighbour Kenny, (Will Paulter) protect local homeless girl Casey (Emma Roberts) from a gang of thugs. With the loss of a bunch of drugs and money that doesn’t belong to him, David is forced by his boss, local drug lord Brad Gurdlinger (Ed Helms) to import a “smidge” of drugs from Mexico back into the U.S. in an RV.
That “smidge”, of course, turns out to be a complete RV’s worth of drugs. Forced with almost certain capture David comes up with the plan of creating a fake family using Kenny and Casey as his children while enlisting the help of kind hearted stripper Rose (Jennifer Aniston) as his wife. Of course, this being a comedy, various mishaps and situations occur which range from the silly to just plain absurd and this continues until the end credits, almost laugh free. There is however a dancing scene featuring a stunning looking Jennifer Aniston which did however keep my attention for a few minutes at least.
We’re The Millers must have sounded like a fun pitch to studio executives, with enough potential to be a solid comedy, but sadly the final execution is deficient of laughs throughout most it’s run time because the film is so heavily reliant on situations with are so absurd, unrealistic and forced – even for a comedy – that the pay off to each joke barely raises a chuckle with the exception of one great joke in the end credits, and when the best joke in the film is a deliberate flub at the end of the film, you know you’ve just experienced a mediocre comedy.
In hindsight We’re The Millers definitely isn’t as bad a modern comedy as one would expect since watching the absolute laughter free zone that was Movie 43 only a few days later, but it’s a film never elevates itself above average.