To be fair, We’re The Millers is not half as bad as I was expecting.


Having seen several trailers and clips online, I was expecting it to be another misogynistic mess like Horrible Bosses. But deep down, beneath all the jokes aimed at the lowest common denominator, We’re The Millers does have something going for it.

Jason Sudeikis plays David Clark, a low level drug dealer who is robbed of his money and drug supply when defending two kids, Kenny (Will Poulter) and Casey (Emma Roberts) during a street robbery.

When his boss, the wealthy drug lord Brad Gurdlinger (Ed Helms) demands payment for the stolen property, he forces David to smuggle some marijuana across the Mexican border in exchange for clearing his debt.

Having never done this sort of thing before and realising that travelling across the border on his own would look suspicious, David hires his financially struggling neighbour and debt ridden stripper, Rose (Jennifer Aniston) and the aforementioned Kenny and Casey to pose as a family called the “Millers”.

In true comedic style, the film plays out as a road movie where our cast of strange characters get into all sorts of mishaps and meet all sorts of strange and funny folk, while getting to know and accept one another.

Sometimes the comedy works, with some snappy one-liners and funny set pieces. At others, the comedy is a little extreme and probably not to everyones taste.

Jason Sudeikis is on fine form as the films lead. While not a particularly likeable character, his razorsharp wit and comic timing does lend the character some warmth – especially during the films earlier moments.

The underrated Will Poulter also gets the chance to show off some comedic chops. While it’s not the best film he has been in, it’s good to see the lad has landed himself a role in a production as big as this.

Emma Roberts does a good job as the rebellious Casey, giving David and Sarah as much trouble as she can, while both goading and offering some useful advice to the naive Kenny.

Once again, Jennifer Aniston delivers another typical Jennifer Aniston performance.

By no means is that a bad thing – you know what to expect from her and to be fair her performance here is heartwarming, endearing and funny. Needless to say the filmmakers do make shameless use of her sex appeal – she is cast as a stripper after all.

But unlike Horrible Bosses, the script actually calls for her to do a lot more than just look hot. Arguably, her character is the cohesive heart of the film that holds the whole family together

And it’s got to be said, for someone who is 44 years old, she looks amazing.

But it’s clear that she’ll never escape the typecasting of that Friends shaped cloud that hovers over her head (not until she takes on another role like in The Good Girl anyway). Perhaps she has made a deal with the devil? She won’t age a day, as long as she keeps playing these sort of roles maybe.

On the supporting side of things Nick Offerman and Kathryn Hahn offer some very decent and cringeworthy scenes as the Fitzgeralds, a wholesome and restrained family that long for some excitement beneath the sheets.

Ed Helms is also suitably slimy as David’s drug lord boss, who doesn’t like sports cars but is quite happy owning a bloodthirsty, dolphin eating orca in a giant tank.

The film is not without its flaws. As mentioned earlier, the humour certainly isn’t for everyone. And the rather brilliant cameo of Luiz Guzman as a corrupt Mexican cop left me wishing he was in it a bit more.

The plot is as far fetched as things can get, but what makes We’re The Millers work is its cast and they fit their roles like a glove.

While it’s not afraid to gross out its audience (and it does on several occasions), this likeable film does have some heart warming substance to it.



Emma Roberts, Jason Sudekis and Will Poulter

Jennifer Aniston, Will Poulter, Emma Roberts and Jason Sudekis

Jennifer Aniston



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Colin lives in south west London. Looks like a hobbit and has been watching films ever since he saw Return of the Jedi at the age of 3. You can follow Colin on Twitter @obicolkenobi.