Film review: We're The Millers

Film review: We're The Millers

RATING: 3.5/5

I don't think I like We're The Millers for the reason I'm supposed to like it - because it's a little bit raunchy and slightly subversive.

Drugs and sex! Sex AND drugs! Yippee! The reason I actually like it, in the end, is because it's sweet in spite of itself.

I love the way the characters end up looking out for one another despite their bickering.

Amazingly enough, the reluctant camaraderie of the fake Millers never comes across as forced or plot-driven; it seems to emerge organically from the interactions of these likeable performers. I really bought their affection.

The really weird thing is that this fake pretend family is more believable as a domestic unit than the real pretend families we're usually presented with on screen.

Comedies these days are typically made with the absolute lowest common denominator in mind. The stupider the better.

The subtle and sophisticated director Wes Anderson has one of the greatest comedy minds of his generation, and yet his films are rarely even thought of as funny.

If you don't go full moron, people apparently just don't get it.

We're The Millers manages to slip genuine wit in among all the slapstick shenanigans.

My favourite bit is where the kids beg to set off some fireworks and Sudeikis shouts that they've no time for fun, this is all strictly business.

Cut to a shot of the Millers standing in an empty desert as one pathetic firecracker pops.

The nerd boy flinches.

It's just so cute!

JASON JOHNSON

jjohnson@sph.com.sg

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