Besides the National Lampoon films from the ’80s and ’90s, family vacation movies are typically horrible, 90-minute snore fests. Fortunately for the new movie “We’re the Millers,” it’s not really a family vacation movie, but a fake family vacation movie smuggling dirty jokes and awkward situations onto the big screen.
“We’re the Millers” stars Jason Sudeikis as David Clark, a small-time drug dealer who is tasked by his boss to go to Mexico and smuggle a “little bit” of marijuana back into the U.S.
Smuggling drugs across the border unnoticed is no easy task, so Clark figures the best way to get across is to pretend to be the father of a loving family on vacation together.
To make the illusion work, he hires his awkward 18-year-old neighbor to play his son, a local runaway to be his daughter, and a washed-up stripper (Jennifer Aniston) to be his wife.
The movie is loaded with raunchy humor and dry wit which make it bearable to watch. However, it’s not hilarious enough to be what everyone is talking about around the water cooler on Monday.
There are a few funny lines and memorable scenes, but the movie lacks the kind of rolling humor only a select few comedies have been able to provide these days.
Sudeikis’ style of comedy, like a dirtier version of himself from “Saturday Night Live,” holds the movie together by a thread for 110 minutes straight, making it clear that this film wouldn’t be possible without him cracking jokes.
“We’re the Millers” is not a bad movie, but it’s not a good one either.
It’s the vanilla ice cream of summer movies. You don’t hate vanilla, but you’re not too excited about it either.
Rating: 2.5/5 stars