Funny or fail?

Century 20 Downtown Redwood City Movie Theater
Credit to Elizabeth Doctorov

Century 20 Downtown Redwood City Movie Theater Credit to Elizabeth Doctorov

Lizzy Doctorov, Staff Writer

“We’re the Millers” is an original movie, giving audiences a new view on drug dealing while trying to keep scenes comedic.

In this film, when low-level drug dealer David Clark (Jason Sudeikis) is robbed, his supplier Brad Gurdlinger (Ed Helms) makes him an offer: if David smuggles drugs along the Mexican-American border, his multi-thousand dollar debt will be resolved. The journey starts out smooth, but meets many bumps along the way.

Crude scenes that fall short of funny are seen throughout the film. While combining drug smuggling and comedy are not an easy feat, this film falls drastically short of expectations. With only a handful of scenes that some would find funny and many moments that were trying too hard to get the audience to crack a smile, it seems the director gave up on the comedy and focused on the action in the second half of the movie.

This movie takes a turn for the worse in the later part of the film. Contradicting itself at every step, it switches from amoral but realistic scenes to emotional sectors that make no sense with how the character’s personalities are set up.

This film also has many unnecessary scenes that seem as if their only point is to stall the movie. Other, more important scenes, seem to be the opposite. The climax of the movie is cut into different sectors between unimportant scenes, diminishing their interest.

Regardless of all of its shortcomings, it is better than doing nothing, so if faced with needing to decide between boredom and a movie, choose the movie.

To start off his drug-smuggling journey, David requests the help of two of his neighbors and a newcomer to act like an unsuspicious family and cross the border with ease. Rose O’Reilly, (Jennifer Aniston) a stripper that just quit her job and has been evicted from her apartment, and teenager Kenny Rossmore (Will Poulter) that will do anything to fit in, along with Casey Mathis, (Emma Roberts) a runaway, set out on this dangerous journey.

“We’re the Millers” is action/adventure comedy with a run-time of 110 minutes. It is rated R for crude sexual content, pervasive language, drug material and a bit of graphic nudity.

Rating: two out of five stars

Century 20 Downtown Redwood City Movie Theater Credit to Elizabeth Doctorov

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