We’re the Millers isn’t a comedy that will make you laugh every minute of the movie.  Instead, it splits its time making hysterical  jokes with developing characters and their relationships with one another.  When it’s making jokes, it’s hilarious and the humour is unexpected.  When it’s not trying to make the audience bust a gut, the film is delving into each character’s life separately or their feelings toward each other.  We’re the Millers even manages to instill anxiety on its audience in some scenes.  You quickly grow to like the characters and root for them to accomplish what they need to do in the movie, and when quite a few things stand in your new favourite fictional character’s way, your blood pressure rises.  It’s a dramatic, thrilling comedy.

 

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One of my favourite things about this movie was how many subplots were taking place all at once.  Everything intertwines all at once and sometimes you forget about one of the group’s problematic situations before it reappears out of the blue.  This is where the best comedic situations took place.  The Millers escape their tough circumstances in the least expected and most entertaining of ways that will keep you laughing throughout the film.


I loved the ending.  It’s the farthest from what one would expect but it is a pleasant surprise.  It ended on a unique note, following suit of the rest of the film.  We’re the Millers even added the perfect bloopers to the credits, and FRIENDS fans will greatly appreciate the last blooper they show.

 

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The film consists of an incredible ensemble.  Jason Sudeikis is a strong comedic actor and Jennifer Aniston is delightful to watch the entire film.  We’re the Millers portrays Emma Robert’s best acting skills and displays what a great actor Will Poulter has grown to be (literally grown, as he was already a good actor).  The supporting cast play as great additions to the movie, including Ed Helms, Nick Offerman, Kathryn Hahn, Luis Guzmán, Ken Marino, and Thomas Lennon.  The writers and director also helped to make this movie the hit it is.  I don’t know how the writers came up with everything they managed to fit into this movie, but they are brilliant.

The movie got everything right, even down to the details of the strip club.  Most movies with strip clubs won’t hesitate to sell sex and show nudity, but We’re the Millers doesn’t push gratuitous nudity in the movie to gain more viewers.  Aniston retains her classy reputation and looks great during her stripping sequences without falling under Hollywood’s peer pressure spell of taking your clothes off to make a name for yourself as an actress (she already made it long ago, good old fashioned talent still gets you somewhere)!

 

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We’re the Millers has a running time of 1 hour and 50 minutes, yet the time I spent in the theatre just flew by.  The writing was genius, the acting was brilliant, and director Rawson Marshall Thurber made a solid piece of work to add to his resume.  We’re the Millers met and exceeded my expectations (and I had pretty high expectations).  The film kept me laughing, kept me in-tune, and even kept me personally invested.  I enjoyed this flick so much, I hope to see it at least once more before it leaves theaters and begins its journey onto Blu-ray.

4stars– Run, don’t walk, to your local cinema and watch this movie!