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‘Millers’ weeds its way to top of box office

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Jennifer Aniston stars as a sexy stripper in the new comedy “We’re the Millers.

Bailey Stellmacher, 4Play Writer
September 19, 2013
Filed under 4Play, Top Stories

When the main plotline of a movie is a hot-shot drug lord forcing one of his dealers to go to Mexico to smuggle a smidge and a half of pot into America, the end result will either be outrageously funny or just plain dumb.

Fortunately for “We’re the Millers,” the thin line crossing the plot into stupidity was rarely crossed.

When the movie was released, it grossed $26.4 million in its opening weekend. It has grossed almost $125 million since its release.

Veteran pot dealer, David Clark (Jason Sudekis, “Epic”), comes back to his apartment to find a teenage girl being robbed just outside his building. When he tries to step in, his dorky neighbor lets it slip that he’s a drug dealer. The thieves then decide Clark would be a better target than the homeless teen and rob him of his entire weed stash and all his drug money.

The next morning, Clark ignores his boss’s phone calls multiple times and ends up being kidnapped by two big men and taken into his executive’s office.

When drug lord Brad Gurdlinger (Ed Helms, “The Hangover”) finds out what happened, he tells Clark that he can redeem himself by going into Mexico to pick up his next shipment of drugs, because his previous drug mule was killed.

Clark is wary at first, but when Gurdlinger tells him he doesn’t have a choice in the matter, he realizes he needs to come up with a plan to get the drugs across the border.

He comes up with the idea of an All-American family going on an RV vacation in Mexico. He hires his stripper-neighbor, Rose (Jennifer Aniston, “Friends”) to be his wife, along with two teenagers (Will Poulter, Emma Roberts) to be his nerdy son and daughter.

Once the family gets into Mexico, chaos ensues. The outcome is comical, but sometimes predictable, trip back into the United States.

Viewers could accurately guess how the random events will unfold, although there are a few unexpected plot twists due to Mexican drug dealers and meeting another family enjoying an RV vacation.

It is clear from the movie’s beginning that it will not be a wholesome family-fun movie, featuring a homeless teenager, an abandoned juvenile and a stripper. People who don’t like the use of strong profanity should avoid this movie.

Sudekis was cast perfectly for the lead role. His sarcastic sense of humor made the otherwise boring parts of the movie entertaining. He also looks the part for a drug dealer turned father.

Aniston and Poulter were also good casting choices. Aniston pulled off being a stripper quite convincingly, in one scene even performing a strip tease. She also made a very plausible mother and wife, scolding and lecturing her fake family on multiple occasions.

Poulter (“The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” 2010) was the center of some of the funniest parts of the movie. He played the part of a nerdy, socially awkward 18-year-old perfectly. He and Sudekis had great chemistry in the film and made for a hilarious father-son combination.

Roberts (“Aquamarine,” 2006), however, was not an ideal casting choice. Because of her Nickelodeon background, it was hard to picture her as a homeless teenager who enjoyed the company of uneducated gangsters with misspelled tattoos.

“We’re the Millers” was worth the time spent watching. It was generally predictable and cheesy, but it had a pretty original plotline that is somewhat rare in Hollywood today.

It is far from a great award-winning film, but as a comedy, it works.