‘We’re the Millers’: Why Drugs Must Be Legalized?

October 11, 2013 0 Comments

MaryAnn Johnson says “We’re the Millers” is, “Reason No. 34,075 to legalize drugs: it would eliminate painfully unfunny comedies like this one…” I’m not sure anyone who writes under the byline “flickfilosopher”  should be so critical.

At 110 minutes, Millers is probably about 20 minutes too long. And some of the comedy and gags, are, well, not necessarily funny.  In fact, some are downright painful and uncomfortable to watch: A Tarantula bite in an inconvenient private area for example.

However, while my wife resorted to pursuing higher levels at Candy Crush about two-thirds way through, with Jennifer Aniston as a stripper turned faux wife Rose O’Reilly to Jason Sudeikis’s drug dealer turned drug mule David Clark, I stayed interested to the end. There were clever one-liners throughout, and besides, who doesn’t enjoy a film where the commerce of marijuana exchange is celebrated on both the retail and wholesale levels.

Clark is an enterprising Denver  entrepreneur, delivering weed to professionals all over town at the customers’ convenience. He’s organized and diligent. Despite that, he’s robbed while doing a good deed and money that includes his equity capital and cash due his supplier is stolen.

To repay his supplier (an old college buddy) he has to tote some product from Mexico back to Denver. Clark figures  he’d have a better chance pulling it off posing as a family on vacation.

The movie continues a Hollywood trend of the government acting incompetently. The border guards look and act stupid, carrying out their duties in arbitrary fashion, sidetracked by minor lawbreaking which allows the Miller family to roll back into the U.S. with an RV load of high-quality smoke for the evil Brad Gurdlinger (Ed Helms).

The kids in Clark’s caper are the sufficiently sullen Emma Roberts as Casey, and an exuberantly geeky Kenny (Will Poulter). Of course, the two kids get some life lessons on this road trip and the stripper and drug dealer step in well as parents. This soft touch has critics annoyed. Ms. flickfilosopher for instance, writes, “Probably the very worst thing about We’re the Millers, however, is how these people, who became unlikeable to us and to one another the moment they hooked up, suddenly get sentimental about their “family” after 90 minutes of behaving in unspeakably awful ways to one another.”

Listen, it’s not completely crazy for a group of people who’ve experienced trauma together to bond.  There is plenty of disbelief that must be suspended watching this film, but not that.

She may have been put off by these folks which is typical it seems for people who diss movies for a living–only 47% of critics liked it. However,  77% of paying viewers liked Millers and must have liked the family.   By the way, For those who fell in love with Aniston in the ‘Friends’ days, there’s a special surprise at the end. It’s possible your memories are fonder than hers.

 






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