We’re the Millers (2013) Film Review by Gareth Rhodes

We’re the Millers (2013) Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber. With Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Will Poulter and Emma Roberts. 


Dodgeball director Rawson Marshall Thurber brings us We’re the Millers, a crime-comedy-caper-cum-road movie in which a friendly neighbourhood drug dealer (Sudeikis) is forced to drive to Mexico to move a truckload of narcotics over the US border. To do this, he conjures the idea of creating a false identity, casting himself as the head of an all-American (Ned Flanders-style) family. To help sell the illusion, he drafts in a local stripper (Aniston), a teenage runaway (Roberts) and a socially awkward boy (Poulter). Funny stuff ensues. Yes, it really does.

There’s a surprisingly sweet-acerbic dynamic between Sudeikis, Aniston, Poulter and Roberts playing the fake family thrown together and pitted against adversity,  as they play their way through a generous helping of amusing scenes born out of the counterintuitive nature of their relationships. Of course, Sudeikis and Aniston’s comic talents have never been in question, and given the right quality of material to work with, they shine. But the real discovery of We’re the Millers, is how scene-stealingly funny Will Poulter is- fully committing to his role and diving in feet first with a performance that requires him to invite a whopping dose of humiliation upon himself for the overall good of the piece. Compare that to Jennifer Aniston, whose main moment in the film is to showcase how perfectly toned her body is – a  raunchy strip sequence that outstays its welcome more or less straight away and goes on for what feels like minutes too long.

Putting aside my own weakness for anything set on the road, a main ingredient to the success of any feature-length comedy is a blending of character chemistry with a sense of a feelgood arc. We’re the Millers achieves this while being incredibly silly and often stupid, but crucially, harnesses those aforementioned aspects to a winning and warming effect. 1,2…3.5/5

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10 Responses to We’re the Millers (2013) Film Review by Gareth Rhodes

  1. I really like your recipe for a good comedy. This film has been out for awhile and I’ve never seen it. Honestly, I like comedies, but for some reason, I’m just not drawn to certain ones. I was never overly excited to see this one, but I’m more intrigued now.

  2. Jason says:

    The movie does have a recipe of a good comedy. The cast was good, but the story was so-so and the execution of the film was meh. All in all, it was okay movie, neither super great nor garbage.

    • garethrhodes says:

      As long as you have a premise for set pieces and funny actors, I find that the story in a good comedy is almost incidental. Would you think Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters or Bridesmaids a great story? – I wouldn’t, but they’re all such funny films. Don’t worry, I’m not pairing We’re the Millers with these stone cold classics, but it’s better than ‘meh’.

  3. CR@B Howard says:

    Loved this film at the cinema and on the numerous Blu-Ray rewatches since – genuinely one of my favourite comedies (alongside Vacation) of recent times!

    The only oddity is that I could seriously tell *no* difference between the theatrical and “extended” cuts on the home release disc?

    Nevertheless, a good and fair review, Gareth.

    • garethrhodes says:

      Thank you very much. I notice it has a good rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which I’m pleased to see. I’m glad to hear from someone else who appreciates it. I haven’t seen Vacation, but seeing as we see eye-to-eye on this one, I’ll give it a go.

  4. I have known about this film for quite a while now but for some reason I haven’t actually got around to watching it.It is not a film that would go out and buy but it does sound like a bit of fun and I would probably try and catch it if it was shown on tv or round a friends house.

  5. I’m some times picky with comedies but I had a good time watching this. Will Poulter is a standout and a good sport for being the butt end of a joke. Good review.

  6. Jay says:

    A good enough way to pass some time.

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