A stripper, a drug dealer, a tearaway and a virgin are all in an RV together trying to smuggle drugs over a Mexican border. Nope that isn’t the beginning of a bad joke, that is the plot for We’re the Millers. Starring Jason Sudekis and Jennifer Aniston, Dave is a small time drug dealer but when he is robbed of all his drugs and the money he owes his boss, he is forced to become a smuggler. However, looking incredibly shifty as men with stubble do, Dave knows that he will be stopped and searched. He then gets the brilliant idea to hire his stripper neighbour Rose, geeky virgin Kenny and homeless Casey to pose as a family; stuffing the drugs in the RV to sneak over the line. As with every road trip journey, not everything goes according the plan.
Because for a great part of it, We’re the Millers is a slow and plodding movie. It doesn’t really kick in until halfway through the film and the scenarios are convoluted at best. Most of the time, it doesn’t feel like any is truly invested in the story they are portraying (with the exception of Poulter) and the attempt at sentiment feels false, not fitting in completely with the entire movie. In fact, sometimes, We’re the Millers is boring, and those moments are unfortunately longer than the funny moments.
This is a shame because We’re the Millers has a lot of potential and brilliant cast that could act circles around the underdeveloped characters they have been given. Although there is chemistry and they work well together, the story never takes off with its promises. There is so much here but instead the movie is understated and ultimately dull. It’s the kind of movie that you watch when there is nothing else on. It isn’t necessarily bad but it’s not good enough to cause waves. Dumb and simple, like a very bad joke.