Jeffrey's Review of We're The Millers
We're The Millers(2013)
We're The Millers is another in a long line of comedies that relies on a series of sketches for its comedy, and offers a 'story' that only serves as an excuse to find characters in ridiculous situations, doing so in a lackluster, but also expedient way. It's not smart, it's not always funny, and it's very uneven. The ultimate verdict, therefore, hinges solely on whether or not it manages to stay funny more often than not.
The story revolves around Jason Sudeikis who, after finding himself in some predictable trouble, assembles an unlikely cast of characters to pose as his family in an effort to smuggle a large amount of marijuana from Mexico. This set-up is handled absurdly fast, with his cohorts getting on board all too easily. This speaks to the film's lack of coherent and organic follow-through, all of the plot points feel like shallow excuses for exposition, which they are.
Despite its lack of scripting ingenuity, We're The Millers manages to stay mostly funny. Sudeikis has a considerable amount of comedic presence, and his dry wit is very much used to effect here. He's also matched with some talented young actors, including Will Poulter and Emma Roberts. The situational humor is considerable, and there are plenty of laugh out loud moments. It's dumb fun, to be sure, but We're The Millers does enough right to keep it lighthearted and briskly paced. The performances from all around we're good and on the same comedic tone, save Ed Helms. Helms was, by far, the worst thing about the movie, continuing to demonstrate his profound lack of comedic presence.
The overall result is a comedy which sets out a rather low-bar, but meets that bar nonetheless.