Tuesday, November 5, 2013

We're the Millers : the 'drug'ged family is surprisingly fun

We're the Millers tries hard to be funny, and to certain it does work too. The characters as in any good comedies and put in a very unusual situation. David Miller is a drug dealer who makes through his life on a day to day basis without much ambitions. Well his college friends are by now rich and have a big family. One day his boss asks him to smuggle weed from Mexico as a repayment to his stolen goods. David gangs up with a stripper, a homeless girl and a dumb guy, and plans an operation to bring weed from the neighboring country to the states for his boss. Yes, all of these characters are in it for money. They get an RV, and starts their operation. Things starts going out of control, when David learns that his boss set him up against some Mexican gangsters. From there, they are on a run and each hurdle they face together brings these four strangers together.

The movie is not to be seriously taken, but it succeeds in bringing out a chemistry between the four protagonists that will force the viewers to enjoy their company. As the group jumps from one troublesome escapade to another, we unintentionally start liking them. The script had a potential to come out with something uniquely original with its plot, but it rather stuck to playing safe most of the times. There are crass comic elements, but it also brings in some soft and cozy family mix.

The movie promoted Jennifer Aniston's stripper character the most in its ads, and stuck to its promise of giving the viewers a couple or more stripping scenes of the 'FRIENDS' star. At places they have brought in situations for her to strip, which is fairly funny too. She is sexy and gorgeous, but also her character shows the qualities of a middle class mom. She is supportive to her fake children and teaches a couple of things about romance too, especially to her fake shy son.  Aniston remains fun and is a treat to watch. Comedies are her strength anyways.

Jason Sudeikis starts out slow, but with the competition from his co stars, he starts pushing himself and that kind of becomes irritating at times. His jokes are never too funny, but he could blame the script. Emma Roberts and Will Poulter, as the two dysfunctional kids have done justice to their roles.

The Millers might not come out as a very funny movie, or a highly intelligent script, but it does have a certain warmth to it in the way the four random, crazy characters bond over two hours of a road trip with the director helping them with occasional detours.

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