If I’m going to be perfectly honest with you, this was one of those films I went to see on a whim. A film that I wanted to see, but could have probably waited until it came out on DVD. However, I am so glad I went to see it on the big screen. It was laugh out loud funny and had some spectacular moments…
The film is directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber and the cast includes: Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts, Will Poulter and Ed Helms- amongst others. The premise of the narrative is that David (Sudeikis) is a drug-dealer whose life seems over, after a drug and money motivated robbery at his apartment. David is then forced by his boss (Helms) to go to Mexico to smuggle a “smidge” (translation: obscene amount of marijuana), as repayment for his losses. In order to get through border security a little more easily, he takes broke stripper Rose (Aniston) and two teenagers Casey (Roberts) and Kenny (Poulter) along with him, to make the ‘family-excursion’ seem more legitimate.
During their journey, they have to deal with fights with drug lords, being conned, a stop at border security and a slightly strange swinger family camp night. Not your average family holiday, or perhaps it is?
And how can a review of the Millers come to an end without a discussion of THAT scene. Yes, that one. The one where Jennifer Aniston strips. Male members of the audience couldn’t keep their mouths shut and females were looking on in awe at how someone can look that good! Kudos to you Jen, kudos.
The idea of this family, consisting of a drug-dealer, stripper, homeless girl and seemingly pathetic boy seems slightly crazy to the audience at first. But, as the narrative develops and the characters have to help and support each other more, it becomes more of a ‘normal’ family unit. Sometimes leaving younger viewers wishing they had parents and siblings more like the Millers.
All in all, this was a film that made the whole cinema screen laugh out loud, at the numerous unfortunate events. Definitely worth a watch!