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Film Review – We’re the Millers

Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Screenplay: Steve Faber
Cast:  Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Emma Roberts and Will Poulter
Genre: Comedy
Ratings: ***

Rating Score
* – Poor
** – Average
*** – Good
**** – Very Good
***** – Excellent

We’re the Millers tells the story of drug dealer David Clark (Jason Sudeikis) who is forced by his suppier to smuggle marijuana from Mexico because he owes him money. Clark realizes that doing it alone will be too suspicious, therefore he decides to hire people so that they can pose as a bogus family.
He hires Rose O’Reilly (Jennifer Aniston) a stripper, a runaway girl Casey (Emma Roberts) and neighbour Kenny, as his pretend family and they call themselves the Millers. The road to Mexico and back becomes a hilarious adventure but very stressful for the Millers.

The main characters in this movie are actually being over shadowed by the supporting characters. The Millers are not that funny but the people they meet on this journey of theirs will make you laugh until your stomach hurts. Jason Sudeikis is good in this movie since it is he who holds the whole cast together. As for the female lead, I have seen much better acting from Jennifer Aniston (Friends).
 I think she should stop taking comedy roles because she is ostensibly better in more serious roles. When watching We’re the Millers, I recognised Casey’s face but I could not quite recollect in which movie I had seen her.
Then it hit me, it’s Emma Watson! What a difference from Hermione Granger in Harry Potter. But still not that convincing, comedy roles are notoriously difficult and this one is not for her.  This movies is rather bland and will be forgotten soon. After watching it and having a good laugh you will forget you ever watched it. It is a nice movies to watch on a Saturday afternoon before you get ready to go out to put you in a good mood for the evening ahead.  Otherwise it is just a blur. Surprisingly enough it was nominated for four People’s Choice Awards and one British Academy award where Will Poulter won for Rising Star. Which I really do not understand, there are a lot of other actors that could have won that award, like for instance Lupita Nyong’o who was also nominated in the same category. But I am not a drama expert nor do I know how the winners are chosen. But ultimately, if one is not too critical, it is a fun movie to watch. I have always been a fan of comedies, they are my favourite. Maybe, because I am not funny, any silly thing will make me laugh. The best part of this movie for me was the end, well it’s not actually part of the movie. This is interspersed with the titles where they show the booboos the actors made during the filming. Now that is hilarious. I like it when directors decide let the audience see scenes like that.

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