It seems every month we have a new comedy on the big screen that falls into that particular type of comedy starring particular types of comedic actors. I wouldn’t even know what to call this group of films but it includes films like The Hangover films, Hot Tub Time Machine, Identity Thief, Due Date, Bridesmaids, Horrible Bosses and the like. They are all kind of adult situational comedies that often have crude elements to their humor. The latest film to fit into this mold seemed to be We’re the Millers, but now that it arrives on home video, we take a look to see how it stacks up.
David Clark (Jason Sudeikis) is a successful pot dealer living a quiet life on his own. When he is robbed of a week’s worth of income, his supplier demands he repay it by going to Mexico to retrieve a shipment of marijuana for him and bringing it back over the border. In order to be less conspicuous, David hired 3 cohorts to work with him in passing themselves off as a family and crossing the border in an RV. He hires stripper Rose (Jennifer Aniston) as his wife, a latchkey kid from his building named Kenny (Will Poulter) as his son and a local homeless punk girl named Casey (Emma Roberts) as his daughter. But the road trip might prove to be more than they can handle as the shipment is not quite what David was expecting.
We’re the Millers starts off like many of those other comedies, funny situations, a great set up, some crude jokes, but what is surprising is that before long it actually starts developing the characters, forming relationships, and being damn funny at it. Sudeikis could have really played this character as a one dimensional shmuck, but he plays it with a lot of heart and sincerity which really makes him resonate with the viewer. The same goes for Aniston, Poulter and Roberts, they could have all been cardboard cut-out stereotypes but end up being interesting characters who may not act characteristically as their stereotype would predict. It is a touching, funny and entertaining comedy that really proves to be more than the sum of its parts. Highly recommended.
The Blu-ray from Warner Home Video is excellent. With many great outdoor locations, the detail and clarity are very good, up close detail is great, and the story pacing is brisk and fun. We’re the Millers has more to offer than a few crude jokes and was a nice surprise in a sea of cloned comedies.
Available now on Blu-ray and DVD.