Nerdlocker Movie Review: We’re The Millers


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We’re The Millers may not be the heart wrenching family dramedy some may expect, but it isn’t dull by any means. The feel of the film is familiar due to directing by Rawson Marshall Thurber, who directed the 2004 comedy Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. The story doesn’t have anything to do with a band of misfits down on their luck, though… oh wait.
Successful, yet aging, pot dealer David Clark (Jason Sudeikis) is robbed of his most valuable belongings, both green and flammable and has people to answer to. When he has no way of paying back his supplier, Brad Gurdlinger (Ed Helms) for his misplaced profits and product, he is offered an alternative source of retribution in the form of a drug smuggling mission from Mexico into the states. Not knowing the first thing about drug smuggling, he desperately looks for a way to get over the border without raising any eyebrows. Queue the perfectly aged and gendered neighbors in Clark’s apartment building. Down on her luck stripper Rose O’Reilly (Jennifer Aniston) quits her job when asked to start sleeping with the patrons. Transitory misfit teen girl Casey Mathis (Emma Roberts) has no place to sleep since running away from home. Then there’s supremely depressing teenage boy Kenny Rossmore (Will Poulter), who was deserted by his mother. That makes four individuals desperate for a way out of their current predicaments thus making the perfect faux family, The Millers. Four make-overs and an RV rental later, the family is on their way to Mexico for their annual bonding vacation.
Going in to this R Rated film, I knew I was in store for some boundary crossing antics. At the very least, I was looking forward to some risqué scenes of debauchery including Jennifer Aniston and she certainly did not disappoint; John Mayer, eat your heart out. That woman has still got it. But We’re The Millers isn’t just an excuse to see Rachel Green dancing on a stripper pole. Ok, at first, it was, but then I started laughing. And didn’t stop till the credits started rolling.
The comedy sort of writes itself when you put a Drug Dealer, a Virgin, a Runaway and a Stripper in an RV and send them barreling towards Mexico. The supporting cast really perpetuated the story in a fluent way. Luis Guzman makes a funny appearance as a Mexican cop, Ken Marino is the indifferent strip club manager and Mark Young (Sex Drive) was a hysterical addition. Nobody in this cast list had as many uproarious moments as Don and Edie Fitzgerald (Nick Offerman and Kathryn Hahn). The accidental road pals to the Millers create a lot of trouble along the way but these characters made this movie absolutely lovable regardless of its subject matter. For being a truly fantastic addition to the comedy likes of Wedding Crashers and Dodgeball, I give We’re The Millers 4 out of 5 Nerd Skulls.


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BobbyD

I'm a man of tomorrow still holding onto the joys of yesterday. I miss Nick cartoons, and Power Rangers but I cant get enough of the Time Lords, and Serial Killers we have now. My many distractions include computers, movies, comics, and I like to imagine my life story would be scored with a mixture of Death Cab, A3, and a lot of Kid Cudi. We've entered the Geekological Revolution. A time of Vulcan Death Grips, drinks with friends on Tatooine, and attempting to build a freeze ray. Things have changed, muscle headed bullies. The Nerds rule the world now, and we reign SUPREME!