Sat 4 Jul 2015
Jennifer Aniston was the nicest nice girl two decades ago, projected to fame by the ‘Friends’ series and by her publicized relationship with the nicest nice guy Brad Pitt. ‘Friends’ concluded after more than one decade of successful seasons, Jennifer is no longer with Brad, she is still one of the nicest in the comedy films country, but now it’s time to play the mother. Or fake mother. Which is what she does in ‘We’re the Millers’.
Premises are pretty good. David (Jason Sudeikis) has a profitable profession which now has become history – he’s a weed dealer in Denver, CO. When he gets in trouble he is forced to become a drug smuggler which is quite a different and risky protection as we learn. In order to make it happen he needs to recruit the help of a neighbor stripper (our Jennifer) and of two teens in semi-trouble to fake a regular family crossing the border between the US and Mexico for non-chemical recreation. Troubles, of course, just start.
The problem is that not only the troubles the characters are in or get into are predictable, but almost everything that happens in the movie can be told from start from a story or emotional point of view. The only unpredictable thing is how predictable everything is. Even the jokes are to great extent recycled, and director Rawson Marshall Thurber has almost nothing to add. The best comical part is made of the cut scenes screened after the end of the action and before the credits – do not leave too early! Jennifer Aniston is – of course – superb, and much of what I found written about the film was about how good she looks and what she did for this. Which is absolutely deserved, by her and by the movie called ‘We’re the Millers’.