David (Jason Sudeikis) a small time drug dealer, is asked by his supplier, Brad (Ed Helms) to smuggle a “smidge” of weed from across the border into the U.S.. Initially reluctant, David finally agrees when he discovers the perfect cover to do the drug-run, a boring suburban family on vacation in Mexico will not raise the suspicion of the border officials. Only problem being he doesn’t have a family, so he goes about “adopting” one, which includes a dorky kid who lives in his apartment building, Kenny (Will Poulter), a homeless girl, Casey (Emma Roberts) and a stripper who’s recently been evicted from her apartment, Rose (Jennifer Aniston). Dressing up in their suburban garb they rename themselves as the Millers and set off in a RV to pick up the dope from a Mexican drug dealer Pablo Chacon (Tomer Sisley). What David and his family are unaware of is the fact that Brad has actually double-crossed Pablo and now they are unwitting pawns caught in the middle of it with over two tonnes of weed loaded in their vehicle. Soon enough the Millers are forced to bunk with a DEA official and his family while being chased by Pablo Chacon and his cohorts all while slowly bonding as a dysfunctional family of sorts.
For those who have watched the hilarious trailer it would be disappointing to realise that they have already seen the highlights of the movie. To be even more specific, some of the comic moments were funnier in their shortened iterations than in the movie. The tone of the movie aspires for the adult comedy and raunchiness of ‘The Hangover’ franchise but is unable to embrace the risqué material to the fullest, thus leading to plenty of comic situations with potential that are not realised completely. Point in case being the run in with a homosexual Mexican cop who demands a monetary bribe but is willing to trade in “kind” too leading to a hilarious dilemma of sorts for David. The situation could have been funny as hell but as it stands is resolved pretty tamely. Even Aniston’s much publicised strip scene for Pablo, turns into a damp squib.
Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston plays variants of their usual onscreen personas and the movie’s best jokes comes at the expense of Aniston’s past appearance in the television sitcom, ‘Friends’ way into the outtakes just before the credits begin to roll. Emma Roberts is wasted while Will Poulter’s earnest performance is easily one of the highlights of the film. Nick Offerman and Kathyrn Hahn in particular add some much needed energy to the proceedings but have little material to play around with. French actor Tomer Sisley who was excellent in the thriller, ‘Sleepless Night’, plays the usual suave caricature of a Mexican drug lord while Ed Helms grates on your nerves despite his very limited onscreen presence.
We’re the Millers would make for a far more enjoyable lazy afternoon watch on home video than in the theatres, it’s lack of clarity in tone, half-baked plot and unrealised comic potential render it kind of impotent.