Movie review – Aniston is back with a bang

2013-09-08 14:01

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Stay until the end credits for the Friends joke – it’s funny. That’s if you are a former Friends fan or can remember the sitcom. After all, next year marks the show’s first decade off the airwaves.

It also means – much like a mother who can’t still blame her 10-year-old for the baby weight she’s carrying – Jennifer Aniston has to sell herself to the next generation on her work in film since Friends, and a lot of it has been shaky.

It’s a relief then that my favourite Friend is finally really funny again in We’re the Millers. This film has some seriously experienced funny people on the team – the first pair of writers were the pens behind Wedding Crashers and the second pair wrote She’s Out of My League.

Members of this cast hail from some of the silliest films out of Hollywood in recent years – Jason Sudeikis, Aniston’s co-star in Horrible Bosses, is a Saturday Night Live regular who is hard to dislike in spite of films like Hall Pass.

The Miller “children” are played by Emma Roberts (The Art of Getting By, Nancy Drew) and Will Poulter (who starred in the brilliant Son of Rambow). Ed Helms, who is the hapless Stu in The Hangover, finds his inner odious drug kingpin in this film.

Sudeikis is Dave Clark, a nice guy who happens to be a drug dealer (this is your first cue to suspend your disbelief for the duration of the film). He is robbed of all his money and drugs while helping out Kenny (Poulter), a kid who lives in his building who, in turn, is helping Casey (Roberts), a runaway teen.

This puts him at the mercy of his boss, Brad (Helms), who offers him a way out of the business if he’ll go to Mexico and fetch a “smidge” of dope.

To pull off the drug smuggling, Dave creates a fake family – the belligerent stripper next door, Rose (Aniston), the naive kid downstairs, Kenny, and the homeless Casey, complete the “Millers”.

When the amount of the dope turns out to be enough to fill a motorhome, the fun really begins.

TV’s Parks and Recreation duo, Nick Offerman and Kathryn Hahn, are hilarious as a pair of motorhome enthusiasts, and keep an eye out for Scottie P, the boyfriend every father – even fake ones – fears most.

There aren’t really any surprises in a film like this. It is all about timing and delivery, and it is done to perfection. There is, of course, the obligatory below-the-belt joke involving a spider and a scrotum, as well as a couple of “nudge, nudge, wink, wink” sex jokes. But all in all, this film is good fun.

Made on a budget of about R370 million, it has already shot past the R1 billion mark at the US box office, so anything it makes on cinema screens outside the US is icing on the cake.

Movie credits

Film: We’re The Millers (Nu Metro)

Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber

Featuring: Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Emma Roberts, Will Poulter, Ed Helms and Kathryn Hahn

Rating: 7/10

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