We're The Millers review

Meet the Millers, your normal, suburban middle-class American "family" of mum, dad and two teenaged kids. Who just like to do a little drug smuggling on the side.

No, not really. The Millers are actually anything but a nuclear family. You see, small-time drug dealer Dave Clark (Sudeikis) gets in deep shit with his supplier Brad (an on really fine form Helms) so he is set the task of heading down to Mexico over the July 4 holiday weekend to bring back a "smidge" of marijuana ... which turns out to be a ton. So Dave comes up with the perfect cover – who is going to suspect a normal family in an RV, crossing the border back into the US after a Mexican vacation? Dave talks his apartment building neighbours Rose (Aniston), a stripper, other Kenny (Poulter) and local street kid Casey (Roberts) into playing the part of the Millers, in return for a cut of the profits.

We're The Millers is a pretty stock-standard Amrican comedy. That's not to say it's not funny, because it is – very funny in places. At first, the "family" all hate each other and are not averse to telling eaach other to fuck off. Yes, these days, swearing and bad taste gags seem to be considered by filmmakers the biggest getter of laughs. But it plots the predictable course, and you can see it coming a mile away. Eventually, these four very different people grow to genuinely care for each other, and become a real "family". Like all mainstream Hollywood comedies, there has to be a message. Quelle surprise.

That's not to say it's not worth seeing, because it is. Sudeikis and Aniston are both very watchable leads, and there is genuine chemistry there. Roberts and Brit Poulter are also great as the kids. And as I mentioned above, there are plenty of laughs to be had – particularly the final scene in the gag reel that runs over the final credits, which is the biggest laugh in the film and it really is worth staying in your seat for. Also worth seeing is Aniston's much-publicised steamy striptease (well, I liked it). We're The Millers is certainly worth a watch, but rushing off to see it at the cinema is recommended only if you're a big fan of the cast – otherwise wait for the DVD.

We're The Millers at IMDb

Stuart O'Connor is the Managing Editor of Screenjabber, the movie review website he co-founded with Neil Davey far too many years ago. He likes all genres, as long as the film is good (although he does enjoy the occasional bad "guilty pleasure"), and drinks way too much coffee.

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