A talented ensemble rescue likeable comedy We’re the Millers. David (Jason Sudeikis) is a small time pot dealer who attempts to pay off some debt by gathering a made up family in order to safely smuggle some of his boss’ stash across the Mexican border.
Recruits for his fake family include an evicted stripper (Jennifer Aniston) as his wife, an abandoned 18-year-old neighbour (Brit Will Poulter) playing his son, and a homeless rebel (Emma Roberts) as his daughter. The “family” face a number of disasters leading to some awkward but comical moments, most of which including a family they are pretending to imitate.
Rawson Marshall Thurber’s film lacks in fulfilling its script as well as enough laugh out loud moments. That said however, the comedy qualities of lead Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston, in arguably her best comedy role since Friends, make We’re the Millers a witty and enjoyable watch. Beyond the mother and father of the film, Poulter and Roberts play their roles as the spouse of the family perfectly. In addition, cameo performances from Nick Offerman and Kathryn Hahn enlarge the talented roster of comical acting.
The film therefore is saved with this talented ensemble making the most of a script that potentially could have served up more. Nevertheless, We’re the Millers is the light-hearted comedy of the year so far offering cheap and crude giggles throughout.