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"We're The Millers" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Clements

We're The Millers

Synopsis

A down on his luck pot dealer, David Clark (Sudeikis) is forced to take on a major drug smuggling assignment after losing all his cash in a robbery. So he crafts a "fool-proof" cover by enlisting three of his neighbors to pose as his family for the smuggling operation. Stripper Rose (Aniston) will play his wife; a loser teen boy will be his son (Poulter) and a runaway girl will pose as his daughter (Roberts). They get cleaned up, dress like they are from the suburbs, rent a giant motor home and then head to Mexico to pick up their precious cargo. Of course it will be quite the adventure along the way.

Specifications

  • Warner Brothers
  • 2013, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 50 mins
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master
  • Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Emma Roberts, Nick Offerman, Kathryn Hahn and Ed Helms
  • Directed by: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Rating
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  • Violence: Mild
  • Sex: Yes
  • Language: Strong

Commentary

I love a lot of comedies, even raunchy and trivial ones at times. But while I found We're the Millers had some brief moments of worthwhile humor, I generally thought it was overtly trite, formulaic and just far too predicable to warrant a recommendation. I giggled here and there and laughed out loud a few times but in the end, the movie came full circle from a predictability standpoint with a weak ending. I would recommend it as nothing more than a rental for fans of Jennifer Aniston or Jason Sudeikis.

Technical

This is a new release from a major studio so the video and audio quality are commensurate with the best production values Hollywood has to offer. The picture is clean, sharp, vibrant and colorful. The same goes for the audio, even for a movie that is dominated by dialog. Voices are natural and intelligible with a few effects thrown in that came through loud and clear.

Extras

I got the 2-disc set in for review this time. It includes the Blu-ray, the DVD and an Ultraviolet Streaming Code. On-disc extras are substantial.

An Extended Cut adds over 8 minutes of new material. Other noteworthy extras - Outtakes Overload, Gag Reel & Deleted Scenes, Extreme Aniston, The Miller Makeovers, Road Trippin' with the Millers, Don't Suck Venom, Getting Out of a Sticky Situation, Rollin' in the RV, Livin' It Up with Brad and When Paranoia Sets In.