We’re the Millers Blu-ray Review
Meet the Millers. They’re the kind of people who enjoy nothing more than taking family trips in the trusty RV. There’s loving father David, sympathetic mother Rose, lovelorn son Kenny, precious and innocent daughter Casey, and a newborn named LeBron.
At least, that’s what they’re telling everyone. In actuality, David (Jason Sudeikis, who recently announced his departure from SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE) is a small-time pot dealer, Rose (Jennifer Aniston, busier than ever these days) is a sexy stripper, Kenny (Will Poulter, THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER) is a simple-minded virgin, and Casey (Emma Roberts, SCREAM 4) is a runaway and thief. And the baby? Just a blanketed bag of grade-A marijuana.
After David is robbed of his stash, he’s given the chance to redeem himself by wealthy (the sort of wealthy that calls for ice sculptures and orca tanks) drug kingpin Brad Gurdlinger (Ed Helms, THE HANGOVER TRILOGY), who tasks David to serve as a mule and smuggle a “smidge and a half” of pot over the border. So how’s a man with enough weed to kill Willie Nelson supposed to get across the Mexican border without being detected? Disguise himself as a wholesome family man complete with a, well, family.
Can you guess how many lame incest jokes are crammed into WE’RE THE MILLERS’ 110 minutes? How about pot gags? Not to shortchange some of the highlights, but this sort of material shouldn’t take four men—partners Bob Fisher and Steve Faber (WEDDING CRASHERS), in addition to partners Sean Anders and John Morris (HOT TUB TIME MACHINE, SHE’S OUT OF MY LEAGUE)—to write.
There are a number of funny moments in WE’RE THE MILLERS, all of which probably have less to do with the script than with the cast’s strengths. Sudeikis is consistent throughout, which is more than can be said of some other SNL alums who try to strike it big in Hollywood; Aniston herself earns a few chuckles in even the more vulgar moments (see: the campfire Pictionary scene, where she gets to scream about…well, let’s just say that’s not a skateboard); Poulter, too, gets a moment to shine—and it isn’t the spider-biting-his-penis bit that made it to the trailers and TV spots, but rather his surprising rendition of TLC’s “Waterfalls”; Roberts, meanwhile, gets the fewest laughs but still has more presence than what the writers gives her.
Director Rawson Marshall Thurber (2008’s THE MYSTERIES OF PITTSBURGH) doesn’t have a distinct style, which only highlights the point that WE’RE THE MILLERS is an incredibly thin and bland effort. It’s clear as soon as the “Millers” hit the road that they’re going to encounter silly characters only there to potentially upset the RV (like the nosy swingers played by Nick Offerman and Kathryn Hahn, or the gay patrolman played by Luis Guzmán), and that in the end, they’ll all discover that family is more important than money.
WE’RE THE MILLERS seems to go out of its way to be obvious and, worse, is OK with it. It’s even happy enough with itself to set the stage for a sequel. But, really, there are only so many Willie Nelson jokes out there and the novelty of Jennifer Aniston stripping will wear off. Know what I’m sayin’?
WE’RE THE MILLERS BLU-RAY REVIEW
Video: 2.40:1 in 1080p with MPEG-4 AVC codec. WE’RE THE MILLERS has an overall crisp look to it, with no noticeable flaws and a healthy amount of detail (in clothes, locations and more) throughout.
Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1; French Dolby Digital 5.1; Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1. Subtitles in English, French and Spanish. This Blu-ray also has a strong audio transfer, with clean dialogue.
Millers Unleashed: Outtakes Overload (7:38): This featurette uses interviews and unused footage to look at the role improvisation played in WE’RE THE MILLERS.
Stories from the Road collects seven short behind-the-scenes featurettes, which focus on Jennifer Aniston’s sex appeal and presence, the characters, the role of the RV, and more. They are: Extreme Aniston (2:20), The Miller Makeovers (3:44), Road Trippin’ with the Millers (2:48), Don’t Suck Venom (2:18), Getting Out of a Sticky Situation (2:42), I Am Pablo Chacon (1:38), and Rollin’ in the RV (1:53).
Living’ It Up with Brad (3:46) is devoted to Ed Helm’s character, Brad Gurdlinger.
When Paranoia Sets In (3:16) is a mock-interrogation of the cast regarding the “oregano” used during production.
Deleted Scenes (16:18): There are eight here, which can only be viewed as a whole. They are: “Go Stall Him: The Emergency Fund,” “Go Stall Him: I’ll Enjoy This More Than a 1000 Pesos,” “Go Stall Him: David Go Pay Him,” “Chacon Finds Transmitter,” “I’m Never Going to Wash These Hands Again,” “You’ll Always Be My Special Lover,” “Cuz We’re the Millers,” and “Waterfalls.”
Gags & More Outtakes (3:01): This brief compilation features various outtakes with Jason Sudeikis, Aniston and more.