We’re the Millers

After not having a chance to see this when it first came out, I finally made the time for We’re the Millers tonight. I usually try to avoid reading reviews from other places prior to seeing a movie, but I couldn’t help but check out a couple for this one prior to watching it. The critic’s reviews weren’t too promising, so I was definitely unsure about this one heading in. To be fair though, most of the time good comedies are poorly received by critics, so this wasn’t necessarily a death sentence.

Although I was aware of how We’re the Millers was reviewed, there was one thing that I couldn’t help but be a little bit excited about. The cast of this movie is out of this world. Jason Sudeikis, Nick Offerman, and Ed Helms are all in We’re the Millers. In a comedy, what more could one really ask for? Individually, they are each hilarious, so altogether its as close to a sure thing as there is, right?

Well, mostly, yes.

There are plenty of things that work well in We’re the Millers. Specifically, any scenes with David (Sudeikis) and Don (Offerman) were gold. These two provided some of the funniest and most memorable moments of the movie. Anytime they were on screen together I was laughing. I was also a bit surprised about how much I liked the character of Rose (Jennifer Aniston). She ended up being funnier than I expected, and I think her and Sudeikis had some really great chemistry throughout.

Even though the main characters delivered for the most part, it was far from a perfect movie. I found myself a bit disappointed on two fronts. First, it wasn’t as overall funny as you might expect it to be. Don’t get me wrong – there was plenty of LOL moments, but not nearly as many as I was hoping for. For the most part, I was doing that laugh under your breath kind of thing, and not so much of the gut-busting laughing. With this strong of a cast, I definitely would have liked more of those spontaneous laughs. Second, if you’ve seen any of the trailers for the film, you’ll have seen most of the funniest parts. I hate when movies do this. People are going to go see this movie regardless, so why show everything in a 2 minute clip? It’s frustrating, to say the least.

Anyway, if you’re looking for a movie that will require very little thought and will provide a decent amount of laughter, We’re the Millers is for you. There is some dirty humor here, but I think that only makes it better. Although it isn’t the funniest movie I’ve seen this year, it’s a solid option. I wouldn’t let the poor critic reviews sway you too much, either. We’re the Millers ends up being more or less exactly what you would expect: a good effort with its heart in the right place.

Score: 7/10


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