We're the Millers: It's laugh-out-loud funny

Gary Wolcott, atomictown.comAugust 6, 2013 

Film Review We're The Millers

This film image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows, from left, Jennifer Aniston, Will Poulter, Emma Roberts, and Jason Sudeikis in a scene from "We're the Millers." (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Entertainment, Michael Tackett)


We're the Millers is laugh-out-loud funny.

A low-level drug dealer gets robbed of all his cash and the marijuana he sells for a wheeler dealer and owes the guy a ton of money. To compensate, he agrees to go to Mexico and pick up a "small" quantity of pot. The small quantity turns out to be a large RV full.

To pull it off and keep border guards from being suspicious, he puts together a fake family. His wife is a stripper; the son, a geeky kid from the neighborhood; the daughter is a runaway.

They encounter the usual pitfalls and comic characters. They don't like each other, then they do. The RV breaks down. A problem comes up with the drug dealers and they give chase. The low-level guy isn't exactly honest about the payment details.

Sometimes recycled ideas work. This one is done by four pretty good comedy screenwriters -- and Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story director Rawson Marshall Thurber.

Credit much of the fun to a funny cast: Jennifer Aniston, Saturday Night Live's Jason Sudeikis, the lately ubiquitous Nick Offerman (The Kings of Summer), Ed Helms, Kathryn Hahn, Emma Roberts and a terrific turn by Will Poulter who plays the fake son.

Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber

Stars: Jennifer Anniston, Jason Sudeikis, Ed Helms, Emma Roberts, Will Poulter, Nick Offerman, Kathryn Hahn, Thomas Lennon

Mr. Movie rating: 4 1/2 stars

Rated R for mature themes, language, drug use. It is playing at the Carmike 12, the Fairchild Cinemas 12 and at Walla Walla Grand Cinemas.

5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen

4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.

3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.

2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.

0 stars: Speaks for itself.

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