The Review at a Glance: (max score: 5 )
Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
Studio and Year: Warner – 2013
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 110/119 minutes
Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 2.40:1
Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, English/Spanish/French Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Starring: Jason Sudekis, Jennifer Anniston, Emma Roberts, Ed Helms, Nick Offerman, Kathryn Hahn, Will Poulter
Directed by: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Music by: Theodore Shapiro
Written by: Bob Fisher, Steve Farber, Sean Anders, John Morris
Region Code: A,B,C
Blu-ray Disc release Date: November 19, 2013
David Burke (Sudeikis) is a small-time pot dealer whose clientele includes chefs and soccer moms, but no kids—after all, he has his scruples. After his stash and his cash are stolen, leaving him in major debt to his supplier, Brad (Ed Helms), he must become a big-time drug smuggler by bringing Brad’s latest shipment in from Mexico. One fake wife, two pretend kids and a huge, shiny RV later, the “Millers” are headed south of the border for a Fourth of July weekend that is sure to end with a bang.
David Burke (Jason Sudeikis) is a small-time pot dealer whose clientele includes chefs and soccer moms, but no kids-after all, he has his scruples. So what could go wrong? Plenty. Preferring to keep a low profile for obvious reasons, he learns the hard way that no good deed goes unpunished when he tries to help out some local teens and winds up getting jumped by a trio of gutter punks. Stealing his stash and his cash, they leave him in major debt to his supplier, Brad (Ed Helms). In order to wipe the slate clean-and maintain a clean bill of health-David must now become a big-time drug smuggler by bringing Brad's latest shipment in from Mexico. Twisting the arms of his neighbors, cynical stripper Rose (Jennifer Aniston) and wannabe customer Kenny (Will Poulter), and the tatted-and-pierced streetwise teen Casey (Emma Roberts), he devises a foolproof plan. One fake wife, two pretend kids and a huge, shiny RV later, the "Millers" are headed south of the border for a Fourth of July weekend that is sure to end with a bang.
I rarely venture out to the theater to see comedies. When We’re the Millers came out my wife and son convinced me to go. We are Jason Sudekis from his SNL days and the trailer which featured Jennifer Aniston as a stripper (?) was enough to lure me out to see what it was all about. Okay let’s face it just based on the subject matter it’s clearly evident that this isn’t texturally rich filmmaking. It’s solely crafted to combine crassness with witty dialogue in a fish out of water tale geared at tickling the funny bones of those that don’t mind a little stupid funny mixed with over the top situational humor and the sex appeal of the still very hot Jennifer Aniston.
I went into my first viewing with low expectations and have to say that I found We’re the Millers to be laugh out loud funny. I found its breezy humor and kooky character interplay to be spot on. Jason Sedukis’ straight faced punch line delivery cracked me up. The chemistry shared among the four principles in Sedukis, Aniston, Roberts and the scene stealing Will Poulter is probably what I enjoyed most. Its predictability never overtly interfered and its political incorrectness and crass edge never felt excessive simply for the sake of it. Yes the script is rather trite but It’s a silly, outrageous, let your hair down road trip flick that capitalizes on a solid cast. This second viewing didn’t prove as laugh out loud funny but I still found myself chuckling and giggling along the way. We’re the Millers is a hoot.
Warner has included both the theatrical and extended cut (which I watched during my evaluation), the latter adding an additional 9 minutes of footage. You can’t go wrong with either.
The rating is for crude sexual content, pervasive language, drug material and brief graphic nudity.
AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65
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We’re the Millers comes to Blu-ray Disc from Warner featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 23 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 2.1 Mbps.
High definition detail is notable as images are firmly resolved, with defining sharpness and gratifying dimension. Colors are beautifully rendered with revealing delineation tonal warmth and vibrant textures. Fleshtones appear descriptive with discernible complexional variety that brings out the finest gradations in the differing complexional types among the cast. Blacks are a solid shade of deep black with excellent dynamic range and discernible highlights. Contrast is well balanced which enriches both light and dark onscreen elements. I found this to be a pristine rendering that looked great on my big screen.
The lossless soundtrack doesn’t consistently engage the entire surround platform however it has moments where it energizes the room and reproduces the source elements with aplomb. Dialogue has definitive presence with refined vocal character and excellent room penetration. Dynamic range is very good which lends subtle distinction to low level sounds and gravity to broader ones. There are several sequences that engage the entire system to briefly produce entertaining and room filling sound that is measurable. This comes in the form of low frequency effects, atmospheric ambience/directional sounds and musical enhancement. This soundtrack isn’t demonstration worthy but for a comedy it readily delivers a satisfying listening experience that didn’t leave me disappointed.
- (HD) Millers unleashed – outtake overload – 7 minutes
- (HD) Extreme Aniston – 2 minute featurette
- (HD) The Miller make-overs – 3 minute featurette
- (HD) Road trippin’ with the Millers – 2 minute featurette
- (HD) Don’t suck venom – 2 minute featurette
- (HD) Get out of a sticky situation – 2 minute featurette
- (HD) I am Pablo Chacon – 1 minute feature
- (HD) Rollin’ in the RV – 2 minute featurette
- (HD) Living it up with “Brad” – 3 minute featurette
- (HD) When paranoia sets in – 3 minute featurette
- (HD) Deleted scenes – 16 minutes
- (HD) Gags & more outtakes – 3 minutes
- Bonus DVD
- Ultraviolet Digital Copy
We’re the Millers doesn’t break new ground conceptually speaking but it makes the most of its cast and provides enough crass, politically incorrect, and at times laugh out loud situations to keep me entertained throughout. It makes its debut on Blu-ray in this Extended Cut Combo Pack that includes two versions of the film, excellent high definition audio/video and a middling supplemental package that is highlighted by a behind the scenes look at the numerous/alternate takes/outtakes on several of the funniest moments. When you’re in the mood for a comedy We’re the Millers is a safe bet so be sure to move it to the top of your rental queue.
Here is the trailer:
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