We’re The Millers tells the story of David Burke (Jason Sudeikis), a pot dealer who prides himself on his small, simple business and his complete lack of emotional connections. After he’s robbed of his entire stash along with every penny he owns by some unruly teenagers, David is forced by his supplier, Brad, played by a very funny Ed Helms, to smuggle a huge cargo of pot over the border from Mexico. In order to make himself less suspicious and sneak through customs unnoticed, David employs his depressed stripper neighbour, Rose (Jennifer Aniston), dweeby tagalong Kenny (Will Poulter) and homeless teen rebel, Casey (Emma Roberts) to be his makeshift happy family for the trip. As expected, there are all manner of wacky japes to be had along the way, along with some soul-searching from David and an unsurprising blossoming romance with Rose. All the shenanigans and mishaps on the road lead to a bond forming between ‘the Millers’, and a happy ending is even on the cards.
We’re The Millers suffers from an uneven plot and a series of gross-out comedy gags that feel out of date and forced. That’s not to say that the film doesn’t have a few genuinely funny moments; it does, but with several great comedy actors on board (Sudeikis, Helms, Kathryn Hahn) it sometimes feels like it aims too low. Aniston is as toned and tanned as ever and still trying to shake off Rachel, this time by going for a bit of raunch and performing a strip tease routine for a group of gang members, but still fails to dispel the girl next door image that made her famous. Emma Roberts is suitably sulky as the troubled Casey, and her fake brother Kenny gets some decent moments of humour, but We’re The Millers never really feels like it knows where it’s going. You’ll probably get a few laughs out of it, but this is an ultimately forgettable comedy that won’t do its stars any favours.