'We're the Millers' subverts family to construct it

Mon Aug 5, 2013 11:14am EDT
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By Luciana Lopez

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The cast of "We're the Millers" didn't exactly immerse themselves in research for their roles in the new comedy. Then again, considering the characters they played, that might have been for the best.

In the film, which opens on Wednesday, small-time pot dealer David finds himself in hock to his supplier, and agrees to smuggle some marijuana from Mexico to the United States to pay off the debt.

David, played by Jason Sudeikis, pulls together a phony family to paint a picture of innocence before suspicious border guards. He enlists stripper Rose (Jennifer Aniston), runaway Casey (Emma Roberts) and naive teenage neighbor Kenny (Will Poulter).

The four drive a recreational vehicle across the border and back as a series of mishaps tests the fake family.

So, role research? Not so much.

"They had to drag me out of that strip club every night," Aniston deadpanned at a recent news conference.

The movie's off-kilter look at family road trip movies isn't the only way "We're the Millers" subverts convention.

With its broad take on families, what they mean and how they're built, "We're the Millers" is as concerned with changing viewers' perspectives as with getting laughs.   Continued...

(L - R) Cast members Will Poulter, Emma Roberts, Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis arrive for the premiere of the film "We're the Millers" in New York, August 1, 2013. REUTERS/Keith Bedford