We’re the Millers (2013)

We're the Millers (poster)
Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber

No muss, no fuss, right?

Comedies have always been the movies taking the biggest risks. The audience will either have a good time watching the movie or they will be eventually bored to death. There’s nothing that can overcome these odds except for a well envisioned trailer which explains the premise of any comedy and leaves the audience hungry for more. In case of We’re the Millers, director R.M. Thurber did an excellent job in setting out a clear cut premise, featuring an even more interesting cast and most importantly some solid humor.

Now, let me first of all inform you that if you’re looking for a comedy which cracks some clever jokes, you can already withdraw from watching this movie and from reading the rest of this review. Just by watching the trailer or even by studying the poster you can be sure that Thurber’s comedy mainly revolves around another type of humor. So if you do love your share of stupid, sexual and sappy jokes, then I highly recommend you watch this film as soon as possible, preferably with a bunch of friends on a Friday night.

Thurber’s directorial skills and experiences play a big role in conveying the central notions of the film. His past work experiences with television commercials has added a refreshing viewpoint to an old idea. This idea being of course the stereotypical labelling of the film’s four main characters. As the poster tells us, there is a drug dealer, stripper, virgin and runaway. Combining these hugely different characters into one happy family gave the director countless of possibilities to play with. Thurber made good use of each situation for a more sublime plot and thereby created scene stealers that won’t be forgotten easily.

Scottie P.: You know what I’m sayin?

David Clark: Well, I’m awake and I speak English, so yeah I know what you’re saying.

The film has turned a simple and rather serious story into a comedic spectacle. Pot dealer David Clark (Jason Sudeikis) creates a fake family to smuggle a huge deal of weed from Mexico. The story gets injected with various jokes from a wide range of characters. I absolutely loved Sudeikis’ ironic portrayal as it fitted perfectly fine with Jennifer Aniston’s character Rose. Also, the story is considerably a huge oxymoron in terms of its depiction of character traits. For instance, the stripper Rose (Jennifer Aniston) appears to be really uptight. And so the story deals in a clever way with these type of family problems by giving its characters a personal goal tied to a (sub)plot.

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Then there is THIS

As with any other comedy it’s not the predictable story of the film that counts, but in the end it will always be where the story is leading the characters and the audience to — the destination. This end result is especially of importance when most of the story plays out on the road, which is definitely the case for this film. However, the danger exists that the film won’t be witty and funny at all times even though it might deliver line after line. In fact, some scenes might look even stupid or way too awkward for some. Moreover, I felt the film had a rushed ending. It was like all the fun had been sucked out of the story and the producers wanted to wrap it up as soon as possible. All the more reason to not concentrate on the story.

Truth be told, We’re the Millers had me laughing more than enough to be a satisfying comedy after all. It’s by all means no stranger with its extravagant jokes on sex and one should therefore not expect any forthcoming subtlety, but this film strives to be one of the best ‘brainless’ comedies of the year.

A-

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11 thoughts on “We’re the Millers (2013)

  1. I agree with much of what you said in this review. Yet, I don’t like the film quite as much as you.

    Mostly because I’m not so certain it was trying to brainless. There was too much forced drama, and too much character growth for that. Which is where I think the film stumbles. The drama isn’t as good as the comedy, basically.

    • Thanks for stopping by. You’re absolutely right. What you call ‘drama’, I commented as the general ‘story’ in my review. I found it quite easy not to focus on that part of the film, but taking in all the humor instead. Again, comedies are very personal-related films which I think is unfair to be assessing very crticially and handling it as any other potential award-winning movie, because in most cases they simply aren’t and thereby should be treated from a different perspective.

  2. Good review Niejan. Once it began to find its footing, then it actually became very funny and the characters actually mattered. Not saying it was a great watch by any means, but it was better than what the first 30 or so minutes seemed to be promising.

  3. I completely agree! This movie was a completely different type of humor that felt was more in line with comedies of old such as Caddyshack. The acting was hilarious and the sometimes senseless sexual references were justified with the film’s theme. Great review!

    • Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts! Its senseless sexual references (ex: ‘son’ kisses ‘mom’ and ‘sister’ while ‘dad’ eats potato chips) haven’t obviously been appreciated by many but I found it truly hilarious.

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