Director: 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.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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