“We’re the Millers” Casting Review

**MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS**

We’re the Millers is another R-rated spin on a tried and true formula—the family road trip comedy. The story revolves around the character “David Clark” (Jason Sudeikis), a local pot dealer with little aspirations to be anything more than that. Things go awry when David is robbed of all his money and drugs, putting him in deep water with his supplier—played by none other than Ed Helms. As a compromise, Helms’ character tasks David with a mission to clear his debt: go down to Mexico, retrieve a “smidge and a half” of pot, and bring it back. International drug smuggling is no easy task, and, after realizing that families in RVs tend to draw little to no suspicion by the authorities, David decides that he needs a family . . . or at least people to pose as one.

Obviously, since David is a lowly pot dealer, he doesn’t have the highest caliber of friends to pose as his family, and ultimately resorts to convincing a stripper (Jennifer Aniston), runaway teen (Emma Roberts), and a dorky teen that lives in his building (Will Poulter) to undertake this trip with him. Newly branded as “The Millers”, this unconventional family boards an RV, and sets out to Mexico for drugs, money, and hilarity.

The premise of this movie is already ripe with potential, and the concept is, more-or-less, fully realized due in no small part to the principal cast. SNL alum Sudeikis has been steadily making a solid name for himself in the world of feature film comedies—he’s had great leading and supporting roles in films like Hall Pass, Horrible Bosses, and The Campaign, with no sign of slowing down. Sudeikis gets to play THE leading man this time, and is definitely able to hold his own, especially considering that he has to play opposite leading lady Jennifer Aniston. Aniston, who is no stranger to comedy herself, has worked opposite funny men Paul Rudd, Adam Sandler, Jason Bateman, and Owen Wilson to name a few, so Sudeikis is definitely in good company. Sudeikis and Aniston’s characters have good chemistry on screen (fun fact: they both worked together on Horrible Bosses), and their characters’ many flaws pile on top of each other well. Sudeikis’s David is selfish and only cares about himself, while Rose is your classic “stripper with a heart of gold”—who just happens to be down on her luck and in dire need of money.

“Mom” and “Dad” aside, the Miller kids are a welcome highlight to the film, and have some of the funniest moments in the movie. Emma Roberts’ “Casey” is a hipster runaway with a delightfully vulgar mouth, which plays perfectly off of Will Poulter’s sweet and innocent “Kenny”. Kenny is a big standout amongst the Millers as he is the most innocent and naïve in the “family”, who also happens to have the worst, most awkwardly embarrassing things happen to him. The spider scene is priceless, and even more graphic than the trailers lead you to believe. The fact that Poulter is actually British and sounds NOTHING like “Kenny” in real life is all the more impressive—which is just another example why so many breakout actors in Hollywood these days are British or Australian! Regardless, Poulter is easily one of the best characters in this film, and his performance should get major comedic kudos.

Although the Millers are definitely the emphasis in the movie, there are a couple other actors worth noting for their comedic and hilarious supporting roles. Ed Helms plays “Brad Gurdlinger”, a happy-go-lucky, but ruthless drug dealer and supplier to Sudeikis’ David. Character actor Luis Guzman has a great cameo as a seedy Mexican cop who demands a blowjob from Sudeikis, who then offers up Poulter as an alternative, which only further adds to Poulter’s plethora of funny moments in the film. Finally, Parks and Recreation’s Nick Offerman and comedic actress Kathryn Hahn play “Don and Edie Fitzgerald”, a perky, stereotypical, all-American family that meets the Millers during their journey, and ultimately becomes fast friends with them—at least from their perspective. Hahn plays a doting wife and mother, which is humorously offset by constant one-liners and zingers, all of which are awkwardly sexual and overtly graphic. Offerman is in his natural element here and always manages to get huge laughs while always playing the stone-faced straight man. Offerman always plays subdued and almost emotionless hardasses, which, when juxtaposed with an outrageously comedic cast, make for comedic perfection. Offerman’s tent scene with Sudeikis is magic.

We’re the Millers is a fun and unique summer comedy. Sudeikis only further proves that he can be a leading funny man, while Aniston continues to show her leading lady versatility. Roberts and Poulter are talented young actors, and you will undoubtedly see plenty more of them in future projects. Overall, this cast is a solid mix of familiar and not-so-familiar actors, which blends well together to put an R-rated spin on a classically “family friendly” comedic genre.

Extra viewing tip: Make sure to stay during the film’s credits to watch highlights from the film’s blooper reel. They play a prank on Jennifer Aniston that is too good to be true.

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