Thursday, August 8, 2013

We're the Millers: We're Not Very Good

We're the Millers is as generic a comedy as they come. The film has an interesting novel concept, however, it doesn't manage to live up to its promise. Jason Sudeikis stars as a drug dealer who after losing all of his supplier's stash, offers to smuggle some drugs as repayment. He hires three people to pretend to be his family on a vacation to Mexico to sell a cover identification at the border. What we have next is a road trip movie with bonding between our four leads and the people they meet along the way.

The problem starts with the protagonist. Jason Sudeikis is not charismatic as any sort of lovable loser who the audience should care about. His character is smarmy and worst of all, not funny. This is the first movie I have seen with Sudeikis as the lead, and I'm not sure I want to see another with him as the lead. The movie in general is not very funny, for an R-rated film, there aren't many bawdy or outrageous jokes. The funniest part of the movie are the supporting performances of Nick Offerman and Katheryn Hahn, who play another couple who were on vacation from Mexico.

The story is pretty average, no surprises that were not setup at the beginning of the movie. There are however, no cringe inducing moments in the movie, and that is more than you can ask for a movie this year.

** stars