Saturday, September 7, 2013

We’re the Millers: Is Jen hot or Emma?

Warning: Spoilers ahead.
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A minor drug dealer, David Clark, one day, loses all his money. He has only one option; to take an offer proposed by his boss Brad Gurdlinger. The deal is to smuggle marijuana from Mexico into the US.

David Clark is well aware of the consequences of being caught in this smuggling. He also knows what would happen to his life if Gurdlinger is not taken seriously. So he decides to take the assignment, as he conceives a plot to execute the mission. He decides to enter Mexico as if he is in a family vacation. However, in order to bring the mission to completion, David Clark requires a family.
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He brings in his neighbor, the 18-year-old Kenny, a virgin, and a runaway teenage girl named Casey. He also approaches Rose, his former girl friend and a stripper. Although Rose shows an initial hesitation to join Clark’s mission, she had to comply, because she loses her job in the meanwhile. How these four armatures smuggle marijuana from Mexico into the US and through the journey find themselves in dramatic and life-changing circumstances, is in the core of We’re the Millers.

Released in 2013, We’re the Millers is directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber. Jason Sudeikis plays David Clark, and is superbly funny in his performance. Emma Robert in her role of Casey grabs all the attention in comparison with Jennifer Aniston, in Rose’s role as a stripper. Kenny, Will Poulter, is the dominant figure when it comes to comedy. He creates such situations when you can’t hold yourself any more to your chair than a bobblehead its neck.

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The anticipation in the story, whether the fake family, which they call the Millers, would be caught, gives it a surface tension. All four protagonists are social misfits. I am not very sure how the “virgin” identity belongs to the misfit category, but Kenny seems to be an introvert and in this sense he surely is a misfit in the largely extrovert American society. Although the characters are initially reluctant to take over the mask of the Millers, at the end of the movie, they are extremely happy and are comfortable with their new name.

This indicates that the ultimate message We’re the Millers puts forwards, is hope. Hope does not come up as a random idea in this movie. The base of hope is the desire to live and move forward. That same propellant governs all human actions, in general. However, while hope comes to roost in your mind there would be some harsh realities that might sweep your nightly sleep away, and transform you into an insomniac.

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In We’re the Millers, David confronts a traumatic state of affairs with his smuggling endeavour. Being David Miller means to him success in his mission as well as financial security to begin a new life. So he trusts the intuition and starts off at the journey. Hope demands something from the individuals, though. In We’re the Millers, the risk the team of four takes, awards them the final salvation. And the journey of hope ends with joy and life. David Clark helps to reinstate good over evil, when he realizes final victory is his. In other words, David, being assured of receiving into his life what he expected, decides to exchange a smuggler’s life with that of a family man’s. The man he meets on the way back from Mexico into the US, in an RV, becomes his savior. I am leaving some hilarious surprise to you, here.       

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When you watch this movie, though beware of F-bombs, references to homosexuality, and many other unacceptable references to family audiences and kids. There is a stripping performance by Jennifer Aniston, in front of one of the villains, which reminds, somewhat proudly, the old Bollywood movies such as Shaan and Sholey. In these Bollywood classics, the heroines often perform in front of the villains, their sensuous and luring dance moves in order to save the life of the hero, who is under custody of the bad man.

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Jennifer Aniston’s stripping performance though pales in front of Emma Robert, even though this niece of Julia Robert does not remove a single piece of her clothing.       


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