USA TODAY - We're the Millers is a twisted road trip worth avoiding. Not only is it not funny, it's offensive.
Case in point: a scene in which a father is willing to pimp out his teenage son to perform sexual favors on a corrupt policeman in order to avoid arrest. He urges the boy to do it for the good of the family.
Granted, the "father" is a drug dealer and his "son" is not related to him, but a clueless neighbor kid posing as his child. Still, it's an adult jovially pushing an unusually innocent boy to prostitute himself. Even in raucous R-rated comedies there's a line that is best not crossed. In its zeal to be outrageous, We're the Millers (* 1/2 out of four; rated R; opens Wednesday nationwide) is tone-deaf, mistaking the cringe-worthy for edgy humor.
Former Saturday Night Live regular Jason Sudeikis plays David, a small-time pot dealer with mostly suburban customers. One evening, as he's jumping to the defense of his neighbor Kenny (Will Poulter), he's attacked and robbed by some not terribly imposing-looking punks who take thousands of dollars' worth of weed and all his cash. David's supplier Brad (Ed Helms) orders him to pay back the value of what was stolen and offers a way to erase his debt: Drive to Mexico and smuggle a shipment of marijuana over the border.
David decides he should take along a "family" to appear less conspicuous to the border authorities. So he recruits Kenny and a street-smart girl named Casey (Emma Roberts) to pose as his teen kids. It takes some work, but he persuades his neighbor Rose (Jennifer Aniston), a cynical stripper, to pose as his wife. Hijinks ensue.
The "family" is equipped with a huge RV to lumber down to Mexico. They go to the appointed drug compound and load up with marijuana.
This expedition occurs over the Fourth of July weekend. En route, the two teens act briefly like siblings, whining to stop for fireworks. And, of course, Rose and David begin to sound like parents. When it's not trying for laughs, Millers aims to be heartwarming. The audience is meant to conclude that this foursome has come to care about each other like a family, but the manipulation is even less successful than the fruitless stabs at humor.
Sudeikis and Aniston have no chemistry, though they supposedly fall for each other. An encounter with another family in an RV offers the movie's only laughs, courtesy of Nick Offerman and Kathryn Hahn.
Aniston performs a couple of clumsily filmed scenes with stripper moves, leaving viewers to wonder if the movie exists solely for her to show that, at 44, she's still in fantastic shape.
Given that laughs are so few and far between, there must be an ulterior motive to this dreadful excuse for a comedy.
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