We’re the Millers: A Midnight Movie at 4pm

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Jason Sudeikis is a bumbling Denver pot dealer whose boss (Ed Helms) demands he smuggle two tons of weed across the Mexican border to repay a debt. If you buy Sudeikis as a black-marketeer (he’s an Ivy League stripper at best) maybe you’ll buy Helms as a killer whale collecting king pin. (It’s a hard sell: Helms looks more like The Onceler here than he did in The Lorax.) But with a premise structured like a joke (a dealer, a stripper, a runaway and a virgin walk into a Winnebago...), it’s no wonder the film fumbles to stand upright, and certainly has trouble driving a straight line of highway.

Jennifer Aniston (as the stripper) boasts the strongest part as a sex worker so used to fending off abuse her demeanor is harder than her abs. Aniston’s always great in a bikini, but this is one of few parts in which her acting is more toned than her thighs—which explains director Rawson Marshall Thurber’s interest in her. She doesn’t run away with the movie when she strips (that display is unconvincing and embarrassing), she runs away with the movie when Sudeikis plays a manchild and she nurtures his head out of his ass.

Ultimately the most absurd and polarizing section of the film is the thing that’s meant to make it the most (ahem) moving: a run in with a real family that shows the faux-four how hard each member of a brood works to keep loving each other through their BS. Katheryn Hahn and Nick Offerman are a little too hip for their parts which makes their midwestern couple seem a little lampoon-y, but still charming. Offerman’s slow-revealing badass character is silly but that man could paste his mustache onto a tub of Country Crock and I’d switch to margarine—I gotta be honest about my bias.

For a film that’s all about the virtues and comforts of family, We’re The Millers is wrapped in extensively non-family material (drugs, sex workers, old TLC songs) which’ll make you ask yourself if it’s worth exposing your brood to the evils of the world just to make the point that life at home isn’t as bad as they say.

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