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by Chrystal Byrne (subscribe)
Freelance writer living on Brisbane's north side. Studied creative industries - currently studying library and information services.
Published August 22nd 2013
Drug Dealer - Stripper - Virgin - Runaway
David Clark is a low level pot dealer. He lives by myself, watching viral Youtube videos; venturing out to deal marijuana to the everyday person. After David is robbed of his cash and stash, much of which he owes his boss, he's forced into a deal of very high stakes. David's wealthy drug lord boss pressures him to go from drug dealer to drug smuggler – smuggling 'just a smidge and a half' of prime marijuana from Mexico to the U.S. – in order to clear his debt.

David's more than a little nervous about the task, acknowledging the hefty amount of jail time that comes with being a convicted drug smuggler. Sitting on the front steps of their apartment block, David and his virtuous eighteen-year-old neighbour, Kenny (who seems to have been recently abandoned by his mother), realise that one man crossing customs is too suspicious – but a family on holiday may just get away with it. With Kenny in-tow, David sets out to recruit Rose, a stripper also of their apartment block, and Casey, a 'punk-kid' runaway. Whilst Rose initially declines David's cash-backed offer, she pulls through at the last moment – the awkward foursome becoming David's bogus family; 'the Millers'.

From the moment 'the Millers' step foot into their huge new RV, chaos, calamity and comedy ensues. Chased by Mexican drug lords, hounded by customs officers, encroached upon by do-gooder family 'the Fitzgeralds' – David and his 'family' can't seem to catch a break, and it quickly becomes apparent (by David at least) that his drug lord boss has left out certain important details about the mission at hand.

With their lives in danger, and Kenny's right testicle swollen up like a full-to-burst water bomb from a tarantula bite, 'the Millers' must quicken their pace and haul the 'smidge and a half' of weed back to seal the deal.

We're the Millers
We're the Millers Film Poster - compliments of Wikipedia.

We're the Millers (2013) is an American comedy film directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber. It was released in the U.S. on August 7, 2013, by Warner Brothers and New Line Cinema. The film started showing in Australian cinemas with mid-August advanced screenings. Starring Jason Sudeikis as drug dealer David Clark, Jennifer Aniston as stripper Rose O'Reilly, Will Poulter as virginal Kenny Rossmore and Emma Roberts as runaway Casey Mathis, We're the Millers is essentially about the connection of four unlikely characters on a highly illicit mission; and how their once awkward union is strengthened through their shared experiences.

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The 'family' in their RV.

I really enjoyed viewing We're the Millers. I found it to be a funny feel-good film – although I did pre-anticipate the (slight spoiler alert) whole end-of-film impression that all four characters have grown together emotionally; converted to a 'real' family unit; due to their perilous adventure and previous undesirable life situations. Although a little clich้, I liked the total difference of personalities across the four main characters. The four distinctive characters also helped establish much of the comedic value.

All four main actors; Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Will Poulter and Emma Roberts; played their parts brilliantly, but I have to say, from the very first time I viewed the very first We're the Millers trailer – I've waited to see Jennifer Aniston as a stripper. I mean, who cares if it is probably just a body double doing those moves, I wanted to see Jennifer Aniston in THAT scene. You know the one, you've seen the trailers. For me the three stand-out performers in We're the Millers is Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Aniston's body double and Jason Sudeikis. Okay, I'll be serious. Take out the body double and add funny-man Ed Helms – playing David's drug lord boss – as he was also pretty awesome.

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We're the Millers promotional poster at the cinema.

Rated MA15 +, We're the Millers isn't a film for the littlies – for everyone else I say go for it, if you're okay with crude and rude humour. We're the Millers is funny and uplifting, in an odd sort-of way, and I found myself giggling (and even laughing) out loud a number of times. Take it from me and go see 'the Millers' in action. You won't be disappointed.

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