‘We’re the Millers’ meets student expectations

Carlie Cartwright

Rawson Thurber (director), Vincent Newman (producer) Bob Fisher and Steve Faber story and screenplay) failed to meet expectations of some critics but brought entertainment to myself and seemed to be a hit with college students in the recent movie “We’re the Millers.” The movie hit the big screen Aug, 7 and made 4 million just shy of its estimated budget of $30 million, making the movie a big success.

This movie is recommended to anyone over the age of 18. It is rated R for crude sexual content, pervasive language, drug material and brief graphic nudity. It could have done without some of the nudity and would’ve been just as funny. Most viewers will most likely be young adults although some might think it’s a little outrageous and a waste of their time.

When David Clark (Jason Sudeikis), a local drug dealer, is robbed of a week’s drugs and income, he becomes forced to cross the Mexican border to bring over a shipment of drugs for his boss to make up for his loss. After seeing a family in a RV being helped by an officer, he makes a plan to create a fake family to help him cross the border without being questioned. David gets a local stripper and neighbor, Rose (Jennifer Aniston), his neighbor Kenny (Will Poulter) and a runaway named Casey (Emma Roberts) to play the part.

The many themes of the movie included fear, and bonding of friends. David’s fear of failing, being killed or sent to jail make him more aggressive and nervous about every move the family makes throughout the entire drive home. Rose becomes more loving towards the kids and becomes more motherly to them, even though she didn’t know them before the trip. Casey sees that she shouldn’t hate everything and sees that people really do care for her, even when she doesn’t think so. Kenny realizes that he can do what he sets his mind to and will do whatever it takes to get there.

The movie held interest with the crazy things the actors said, Rose hating David, Kenny being and 18 year old virgin with no hope of finding a girlfriend and Casey’s “hate the world” attitude. Their characters kept the audience ready for whatever crazy thing that was coming out of their mouths next. Also, each funny scene kept me on the edge on what else could go wrong to these poor people.

The audience in the theatre laughed throughout the entire movie.  The music in some parts just tied it all together and brought out a lot in the characters. The casting of all the characters made the movie hilarious. Sudeikis did a really good job playing the not so father of the year with his rude and conceited outbursts about the family in public, and Poulter did an excellent job playing the 18 year old virgin, with his awkwardness around every girl he came in contact with.  The Fitzgerald family, who the Millers met at the border, brought out emotions good and bad in every member of the Miller family.

This movie is similar to most drug related movies which made it weak. Some similarities were that something has to always go wrong with a deal (David being robbed). The drug lord threatening to kill them, then giving them a new impossible task, and then they always seem to accomplish it. Then the happy ending of either not going to jail or receiving a ton of cash.

Although We’re the Millers was more of comedy then a serious and action-packed drug deal movie and didn’t have any insights on issues in the real world except for the reality of drug smuggling and distribution, it did keep me laughing and I enjoyed it until the very end.