We're The Millers Red Band Trailer Doesn't Raise The Bar For R-Rated Comedy

By Nick Venable 2013-08-02 14:09:58discussion comments
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Am I the only person who thought that the above Weíre the Millers trailer was worlds better than the first red band trailer? Granted, the bulk of that opinion rests on the fact that they refrained from showing us the swollen horror of Kennyís (Will Poulter) spider-bitten testicles. That kind of omission goes a long way sometimes.

The trailer comes to us from Warner Bros., and features both an intro and an outro from stars Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis, who happens to be rocking the mustache of someone who drives large white windowless vans around playgrounds. After they offer a few of their own expletives, the trailer starts, and weíre transported into the world of this yearís most dysfunctional fake family. Robin Thickeís ďBlurred LinesĒ is playing to really nail the multiple identity plotline on the head.

I get put off by trailers that begin with an entire scene from the film shown out of context, and the one seen here isnít even especially amusing, only serving to lead into the trailerís first use of the f-word. I definitely want this film to be good, because zany Hollywood comedies nearly never live up to their potential. (The Watch, Iím glaring at you.) But films led by Sudeikis or Aniston are really hit-or-miss, and watching the two of joke about who will blow Luis GuzmŠnís cop to get out of trouble isnít very encouraging. I keep having to check IMDb to make sure the Farrelly brothers didnít make this.

That said, you show me something as dark as Kathryn Hahnís character thinking a live baby was thrown onto the hard surface of a highway while traffic is passing, and I start chuckling. Thereís no accounting for taste, and I think enough of this film will amuse me that I wonít walk away with a bad taste in my mouth. (Not from Luis GuzmŠn, I swear.) If nothing else, it will be a good litmus test for the R-rated comedic skills of Emma Roberts, who is transferring nicely from harmless fluff like Nancy Drew to more adult dramatic roles, and Will Poulter, who absolutely killed it in 2007ís Son of Rambow. Iím perfectly comfortable with most of the movie passing without Poulterís balls getting bitten. Although if that means more Scott Adsit as a doctor, Iím okay with it.

This trailer doesnít do a good job of delivering the plot, which sees this foursome coming together to split $100,000 for smuggling a large amount of pot for Ed Helms. Gotta promote those wacky family occurrences though, like having Aniston stripped down and dancing beneath a shower of water. The film also stars Nick Offerman, who should have done the stripper scene in my opinion, Tomer Sisley, Molly Quinn and Thomas Lennon. It comes out next Wednesday on August 7, obviously trying to smuggle all the money it can before Elysium and Disneyís Planes open on Friday. Check out the filmís green band trailer below if clean dirty humor is your thing.

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