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Need to smuggle a huge (and I mean huge) stash of pot into America? No problem. Just do what Jason Sudeikis’ character does in Rawson Marshall Thurber’s “We’re the Millers” and hire yourself a family. Who pays attention to a regular American family just passing between the Mexican-American border? As expected, nothing quite goes as planned, cause if they did — well, there wouldn’t be a movie, right? That’s what happens in “We’re the Millers”, now available on DVD and Blu-ray.
David Burke (Sudeikis) is a small-time pot dealer whose clientele includes chefs and soccer moms, but no kids—after all, he has his scruples. After his stash and his cash are stolen, leaving him in major debt to his supplier, Brad (Ed Helms), he must become a big-time drug smuggler by bringing Brad’s latest shipment in from Mexico. One fake wife, two pretend kids and a huge, shiny RV later, the “Millers” are headed south of the border for a Fourth of July weekend that is sure to end with a bang.
“We’re the Millers” was a surprise hit in theaters, earning a whopping $266 million worldwide, and $150 from Stateside box office. Not bad for a “little pot comedy” made for a cheap $37 million. It continues the trend of R-rated comedies doing very well, something that I think you can thank the “Hangover” movies for. Before then, most comedies were PG-13, with a “Director’s Cut” saved for Blu-ray. Now it’s R-rated or bust, which is a very interesting trend for fans of raunchy comedy.
You can see why “We’re the Millers” did so well at the box office. It’s a film that really delivers on its premise, which isn’t to say it’s always laugh out loud funny, but there are moments that really works. This includes Jennifer Aniston as an over-the-hill stripper. Aniston looks incredible for a woman in her ’40s, though let’s face it, “Hollywood ’40s” is not exactly “regular people ’40s”. Still, fans of Aniston from her “Friends” days won’t have very much to complain about here. I found myself laughing a lot, and the jokes hit more often than they miss.
Will Poulter as goofy loser Kenny does a bang-up job next to pros like Aniston and Sudeikis. Even Emma Roberts wasn’t nearly as annoying as she normally is. I never really saw the appeal of Roberts, but she sort of works here. Of course, it helps that she’s not the center of attention. Former “Daily Show” corresponding Ed Helms is hilarious as Sedeikis’ boss, the improbably named Brad Gurdlinger, who sends the fake family into Mexico for a drug run. Nick Offerman as a DEA agent and Kathryn Hahn as his wife (along with “Castle’s” Molly Quinn as their daughter) add liveliness to the cast.
The “We’re the Millers” Extended Cut Blu-ray Combo pack comes with two versions of the movie — an extended cut that’s about 10 minutes longer than the theatrical version (give or take). The extra footage is nothing that really changes the movie, but it doesn’t hurt to get more of the cast.
Featurettes include “Stories from the Road”, which features mini-docs from the movie and “Millers Unleashed: Outtakes Overload”, an 8-minute look at the cast’s improv skills, and finally, “Livin’ It Up with Brad” is a too-short look at Ed Helms’ character. You also get about 15 minutes worth of deleted and extended scenes, along with a gag real and outtakes. No cast commentary, which is disappointing, especially for a comedy that looked like everyone was having a blast on set.