We’re The Millers (2013)

logoDirector: Rawson Marshall Thurber

Writer: Bob Fisher, Steve Faber, Sean Anders, John Morris (Screenplay) Bob Fisher, Steve Faber (Story)

Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Emma Roberts, Will Poulter, Ed Helms, Nick Offerman, Kathryn Hahn, Molly C. Quinn

 

Plot: After being robbed of a week’s take, small-time pot dealer David is forced by his boss to go to Mexico to pick up a load of marijuana. In order to improve his odds of making it past the border, David asks the broke stripper Rose and two local teenagers to join him and pretend they’re on a family holiday.

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Verdict: Odd Team Road Trip

 

Story: When it comes to drug based films I am usually very sceptical because I am not a fan of drug use, this only plays on the idea of transporting it which works to the films laughs. We have an over the top drug lord who puts his own man at risk for his own personal gain. We have four very different people on the road trip, who each have their own problems and as the journey goes on they all become closer by letting people into their lonely lives. When things go wrong with the drug collection the make shift family find out they have stolen from a Mexican drug lord. In the end we get a wacky road trip comedy that has plenty of laughs. (8/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Jennifer Aniston: Rose a broke stripper who agrees to go along with the road trip for her fee of $30,000 which will help keep her apartment along with giving her a chance to escape the stripper world. Along the road trip we do learn more about her and personal problems, her talents come in helpful on the trip. Good performance from Jennifer who gets a little bit raunchier than her previous rom com roles. (8/10)

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Jason Sudeikis: David a small time drug dealer who gets robbed trying to do the right thing. His boss isn’t impressed and sends him to Mexico to collect the next shipment of drugs, leading him to the wacky idea of hiring a fake family to join his trip across the border. Good performance from Jason, but he does have some awkwardly unfunny moments. (7/10)

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Emma Roberts: Casey a teenage runaway who lives on the streets but gets talked into coming on the trip for a grand, but it is clear to see why she agrees after finding out her own family didn’t care about her leading her to run away. Good performance from Emma showing good comic timing. (7/10)

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Will Poulter: Kenny the geeky teenager who lives in the same building as David, who due to being alone goes on the trip for free and along with this he gets a loved feeling and learns from the other people on the trip. Good performance from Will who goes through the most and gets plenty of laughs. (8/10)

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Ed Helms: Brad the drug lord who forces David to go on the road trip while sitting back and changing his rules whenever he feels like it. Good supporting performance making fun at most other drug lord characters. (7/10)

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Director Review: Rawson Marshall Thurber – Good direction to create a solid road trip comedy. (8/10)

 

Comedy: Solid comedy with some good laughs that keep the film flowing well. (8/10)

Settings: The road trip idea means the setting keeps changing but each one is good for the situation they find themselves in. (8/10)

Suggestion: This is one for all the comedy fans out there, it will appeal to them all but if you’re not a comedy fan you may not enjoy. (Comedy Watch)

 

Best Part: The awkward moments a family would never do together.

Worst Part: Cheesy end.

Funniest Scene: The spider bite.

Believability: Things like this could have happened but I don’t know about the peril side of the story. (4/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: There is a plan for one

Post Credits Scene: Blooper reel during the start of credits.

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $270 Million

Budget: $37 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 50 Minutes

Tagline: If anyone asks.

 

Overall: Solid Comedy

Rating 80

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Wedding Crashers (2005)

logoDirector: David Dobkin

Writer: Steve Faber, Bob Fisher (Screenplay)

Starring: Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Christopher Walken, Rachel McAdams, Isla Fisher, Jane Seymour, Bradley Cooper

 

Plot: John (Wilson) and Jeremy (Vaughn) work together but they look forward to one season every year, Wedding season. The two of them crash weddings to meet woman, they both work hard on their back stories and have a code that they follow. Things change when John meets Claire (McAdams) at a wedding, he convinces Jeremy to break the code and go to a family weekend. Jeremy who has also hooked up with Claire’s sister the wild Gloria (Fisher) have to watch out for their father Secretary Cleary (Walken) and Claire’s boyfriend Sack (Cooper).

 

Verdict: Great romantic comedy

Story: When it comes to romantic comedies it is usually very hard to find one that has a story I like, but this one takes the prize as my favourite happy ending comedy. The story is not just about meeting the girl of the dreams but also about a friendship going through maturing days of the guy’s lives. Each character adds something to the story and watching Vince and Owen work their comedic timing is a treat. (9/10)

 

Actor Review: Owen Wilson – John one of the wedding crashers who wants to go into overtime to get to know a potential girl on his dreams. Owen is great as he has to show more range than the others because he is all happy for the first part but once he is exposed he is left to deal with the darker side of love. (9/10)

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Actor Review: Vince Vaughn – Jeremy partner in wedding crashing who ends up with what he thinks is a nightmare girl and the overtime John wants causes him great stress. This could be Vince’s best comedy role he is quick talking and inappropriate without being to crude.  (9/10)

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Actor Review: Christopher Walken – Secretary Cleary the well-respected man whose daughters are involved in the entire goings on. Good performance from Walken because anyone dating anyone who is his daughter would be scared. (8/10)

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Actor Review: Rachel McAdams – Claire the girl who steals John’s heart but her boyfriend gets in the way of her chance of getting to know John even though she slowly starts to fall for him. Fresh of the back of The Notebook she was the ‘IT’ lady for romantic films and this shows she has what it takes to pull it off. (9/10)

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Actor Review: Isla Fisher – Gloria the innocent girl that Jeremy ends up with at the wedding full of her crazy personality and wild side makes a great character. This is a great performance from Isla which really put her on the map in Hollywood. (9/10)

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Actor Review: Bradley Cooper – Sack the boyfriend of Claire that is very full of himself. Bradley creates a very unlikable character here and it wasn’t long after this is, went on to bigger things including his Oscar nod. (8/10)

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Director Review: David Dobkin – It would be fair for say this is his best film to date because it tells and goes through many stories transitions. (9/10)

 

Comedy: Some very funny moments that breaks up a more serious part of the story. (9/10)

Romance: Great romantic stories going on giving the hope that true love can be real. (9/10)

Chemistry: The chemistry between Vince and Owen makes this film what it is. (9/10)

Believability: I’m sure there are wedding crashers out there but the falling in love the way they both do is not believable. (3/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Settings: Each setting adds to the story as the house after the wedding shows how out of their depth John and Jeremy are. While each wedding scene gives a very authentic moment. (9/10)

Suggestion: I would suggest watching as I find this to be one of the best comedies of recent years and the chemistry between Owen and Vince hasn’t been match since. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Will Ferrell’s cameo.

Worst Part: Funeral crashing bit too much.

Funniest Scene: hard to pick between most of Isla and Vince’s scenes.

Oscar Chances: No

Chances of Sequel: No

 

Overall: Brilliant Romantic Comedy

Rating 95