In the upcoming comedy We’re the Millers, small-time pot dealer David (Jason Sudeikis) is offered $100,000 from a drug kingpin to transport what the kingpin calls “a smidge” of weed from Mexico across the U.S. border. As a single man, David believes he is more likely to be spotted and searched while crossing the border, so he creates a faux family by hiring a local stripper (Jennifer Aniston) to play his wife, a runaway teen (Emma Roberts) to play his daughter and a neighborhood boy (Will Poulter) to play his son. Posing as “The Millers” on a family vacation, they then set out to collect the weed and David’s money, but of course, things go horribly wrong along the way.
The film is directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber, who is best known for writing and directing Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004) and written by Dan Fybel (Bob’s Burgers) and former NBA player-turned-screenwriter, Rich Rinaldi. Along with the ensemble playing the Millers, the film boasts a bevy of talented comedic supporting players, including Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation), Kathryn Hahn (Step Brothers), Ken Marino (Wanderlust), Thomas Lennon (Reno 911!) and Ed Helms (The Hangover Part III) playing against type as the drug kingpin. Here’s a look at the film’s poster:
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The footage from the green band trailer offers some funny moments, including a TDKR joke, David’s discovery that the “smidge” of pot is actually two metric tons and a very geeky rendition of TLC’s “Waterfalls” by Poulter’s character Kenny. However, the main problems the film will almost assuredly run into will be making these somewhat seedy characters likable, and redeeming their criminal actions in some way. David’s employer does mention that David has no choice in taking on the job, but we’re not yet sure how that is the case.
Based on the clip, the dynamics and chemistry between the main cast is among the film’s strengths, which certainly bodes well for it generating laughs, but we can almost guarantee that their initial hostility towards one another will become genuine friendship and camaraderie once they’ve endured hardships together. This is a common formula, but as long we like the characters, we’ll be more willing to go along for a familiar ride, at least character-arc wise.
With a talented cast, an original-enough premise and some earned chuckles from the trailer, we can add We’re the Millers to the list of anticipated comedies of 2013, a list that already includes This is the End, The Heat and The World’s End.
For a much raunchier version of the trailer, check out the red-band trailer:
We’re the Millers hits theaters August 9, 2013.