Sometimes you just want to walk into a movie auditorium, sit down, not wanting to think, maybe getting a smile or two or, even better, laugh out loud and “We’re The Millers” fits that description to a tee! Yes it is raunchy with the ‘F’ word used constantly, body parts are referred to and exposed with, in this case, frontal nudity by a male and not a female, though Jennifer Aniston, or a body double, as a stripper shows about everything.
There is no second guessing to where the screenplay, written by Bob Fisher, Steve Faber, Sean Anders and John Morris, is heading but there is questioning as to why this movie needed 4 writers! David (Jason Sudeikis) is a drug dealer, who, due to financial circumstances, becomes a drug smuggler---seems there is a distinct difference between the two--and has to acquire a family to cross over the border to Mexico without looking suspicious. He hires Rose (Jennifer Aniston) who lives in his building and works as a stripper who gives lap dancers, to be his wife. Next door is a naive boy, Kenny (Will Poulter) whose family have left him at home and David hires him to be his son while Casey (Emma Roberts), a not necessarily homeless girl, becomes the sister/daughter.
Along the way you meet the ‘bad’ guys, a drug lord Pablo (Tomer Sisley) and his vicious sidekick played by Matthew Willig plus the instigator of the whole plot. another drug lord Brad (Ed Helms) who has an aquarium in his office worth the price of admission alone! There is also the family that the Millers want to look and act like but aren’t really who their appearances tend to make you believe, consisting of Mr. (Nick Offerman) and Mrs. (Kathryn Hahn) Fitzgerald, often having the funniest lines, and their daughter Melissa (Molly Quinn).
As in many movies of late there are the dirty talk by females sequences, masturbation, crotch jokes by the males and talks about tampons along with the sweet virgins exploring their future. There is a funny, but goes too far, teaching the male virgin how to kiss scene and a hot scene with Aniston doing a strip that shows this woman still has ‘it’ though the scene really is a rip-off of “Flashdance” with shower and sparks!
Aniston and Sudeikis work well together and the cast feels very comfortable working off each other. The director, Rawson Marshall Thurber, should have, and could have, easily cut the movie by 15 minutes letting too many scenes go overlong and not feeling that he had to get in every word of the four writers!
Not an award winning, or a must see, film but certainly more fun than expected!