Flash Movie Review: We’re the Millers

Have you ever been introduced to someone and a red flag went off in your head that something was just not right? It happens to me periodically. When a close friend introduced a friend of hers to me, my radar went off when he told me he had heard I was a fitness instructor and he was one also. Asking him what type of classes and where he taught, his answers were vague. I started to get the feeling he was not telling me the truth and wondered if he was being honest with my friend, who was interested in him romantically. When she later asked me for my opinion I was honest with her and told her to be careful. It turned out this guy constantly lied to her, so any romantic seeds she had were quickly killed. People withhold the truth or lie for many reasons, just look at the cast in this movie. More than likely you will be glad they were fibbing because you will be laughing at them. Jason Sudeikis (The Campaign, Hall Pass) played drug dealer David Clark. Forced to take a job smuggling marijuana across the border from Mexico, David came up with a plan to turn himself into an RV driving dad on a road trip. Jason’s style of sarcastic humor played well with his role in this comedy. With Jennifer Aniston (Wanderlust, Horrible Bosses) playing Rose O’Reilly as his fake wife, there was Emma Roberts (Wild Child, Nancy Drew) and Will Poulter (Son of Rambow, Wild Bill) as Casey Mathis and Kenny Rossmore, the couple’s pretend children. The four of them created a workable and funny family to watch. I found the script did not provide any surprises; it was easy to see where scenes would go. However, there were parts where I laughed out loud. At a couple of points the story steered towards sentimental drama, but kept things light and brief before retreating back to the humor of the situation. I was concerned the trailers were showing the best parts of this movie; however, it turned out this comedy of crime was good for some easy laughs. Strong language was used throughout the film and a brief scene had a glimpse of blood in it.

 

2 2/3 stars

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on August 13, 2013, in Comedy and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Sounds like it is overall worth going to see to get a laugh or two

  2. I’m enjoying your reviews a lot! I especially like the way you share other roles each actor played in. There are times I don’t recognize the actor’s name, but do remember them in a different movie role.

    One suggestion, though, to improve readability: Please put the text in paragraphs. Maybe it’s just me, but I end up losing my place, perhaps because of the small font, perhaps because of visual fatigue from going through all of the e-mails and blog updates I see each day.

    • Thank you so much for coming by to leave your comments; they are very much appreciated. Regarding the paragraphs, I have received similar concepts in the past. When I started out my goal was to create brief one paragraph reviews that revealed little about the movie. As time has passed I have included more of my personal side into my relationship with the film. I’m giving thought to how I can improve the experience for the readers; but being a defensive pessimist it will take me time to incorporate new ideas. Thanks again for your thoughts.

  3. The Dancing Rider

    I know what you mean about trailers often showing the best parts of the a movie. I got sucked in by “The Host” trailer. And that was AFTER reading how terrible the movie was. The critics were right. Nice to hear this one may be worth watching!

  4. It was rather a disappointment. I mean you have a clever idea and you just go on and use all these cliches. And then the actors do not seem top take it all too seriously. I mean it would be really nice to see a movie with real people and not cartoonish caracters. Really a shame to spoil the idea…

    • What a bummer you did not care for this movie. Can you tell me one of your favorite comedy films? Thank you.

      • Sorry to get back to you so late!

        The Blues Brothers
        Life of Bryan (and the rest of their films are great)
        The Party
        A Fish Called Wanda
        Mr Hulot’s Holiday
        Clerks
        Annie Hall
        A night at the opera (and Duck soup)
        Top secret
        Three amigos
        Planes, Trains and automobiles (It could be almost any Steve Martin film from back then).
        The big Lebowski

      • Please no need to apologize, thanks for providing your list.

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