A Road Better Left Untraveled

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A Road Better Left Untraveled


Chang, Justin, Variety


A Road Better Left Untraveled

We're the Millers" is about four unfortunate individuals tricked into going on an excruciating road trip in exchange for a hefty payday, a description that is offered here less as plot summary than as a possible explanation for why the actors look so trapped. Probably the worst movie to prominently feature an RV since "RV," this tiresomely vulgar outing throws together a drug dealer, a stripper, two teens, a testicle-biting tarantula, a gaggle of gun-waving Mexican stereotypes and scarcely a sing]e laugh amid all the ensuing pot-smuggling, booty-shaking, heart-tugging shenanigans. "We're the Filler" might have been a more apt title for Warners' mid-August dud, which should run out of B.O. gas once word gets out.

Jason Sudeikis plays David Clark, a smart-alecky Denver bachelor who makes a living selling marijuana out of his backpack to a largely upper-middleclass clientele. His job gets a lot tougher when he loses $43,000 worth of cash and contraband to local thugs, leaving him at the mercy of his slick, obscenely wealthy supplier (Ed Helms), who orders him to go down Mexico way, pick up his latest shipment and bring it safely across the border - or else. David concludes the only way he'll make it past the border guards and their pot-sniffing pooches is by rent ing a motor home and pretending to be a squeaky-clean, all-American family man, passing through on his way home from a trip with his wife and kids.

To pull this off, he'll need a convincing-looking family, and so with the promise of mucho moolah, he gets his neighbor, down-on-her-luck stripper Rose (Jennifer Aniston), to pose as his wife - which proves a challenge, since the two can barely stand each other. Casey (Emma Roberts), the surly teenage runaway who agrees to play their daughter, isn't crazy about them, either. The only one genuinely happy to be along for the ride is their "son," Kenny (Will Poulter), a sweet, awkward kid who naturally endures the brunt of the pic's humiliations once the Millers, as they call themselves, fly down to New Mexico and head south of the border. …

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