We're The Millers Review: Jennifer Aniston's "Best Comedic Work" Since Friends

Entertainment Aug. 7, 2013 AT 1:45PM
Jennifer Aniston in We're the Millers We're the Millers, in theaters August 7, stars Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis and Emma Roberts. Credit: Michael Tackett/Warner Bros.

In Theaters Wednesday, August 7
***/4

You know you're in for a delightfully off-kilter comedy when Jennifer Aniston -- as a small-fry stripper -- writhes around a pole in lingerie and a wig within the first five minutes. After putting her clothes back on, she's persuaded (er, bribed) by her pot-dealing neighbor, Jason Sudeikis, to take an RV to Mexico and smuggle weed back to the U.S. His reasoning? If they pose as suburbanites on a road trip, nobody at the border will be suspicious. (Emma Roberts and Will Poulter round out the "family.")

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Naturally, there are roadblocks galore on their journey home -- but the breezy film stays one mile ahead in terms of plot and punch lines. It helps that Sudeikis has an appealing smarminess about him as he name-drops Dexter and Pretty Woman and Wiki-searches "drug smuggling" on his smartphone.

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His snappy, SNL-honed delivery meshes well with Aniston. At age 44, she gives her teen "son" French-kissing lessons, then performs a Flashdance-style dance to stymie drug goons. This is easily some of her best comedic work since Friends. Speaking of which: Stay for the credits! There will be clapping.

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