A successful run on “Saturday Night Live” doesn’t always turn into a stellar movie career.
For every Adam Sandler (“Grown Ups”) or Will Ferrell (“Step Brothers”) there are several former SNL alums who failed to get their movie careers off the ground.
Everyman Jason Sudeikis (“Horrible Bosses”), the latest SNL alum taking his shot at silver screen stardom, seems to have stacked the odds in his favor with the delightful stoner comedy where no one is actually stoned, “We’re the Millers.”
After being a part of several ensemble comedies like “The Campaign” and “Horrible Bosses,” Sudeikis landed his first leading role as David Clark, a small time drug dealer who gets conned into smuggling a large amount of pot across the Mexican border.
After realizing that families look less suspicious when traveling, David sets out to create a fake family by enlisting a stripper, a runway and a lonely virgin to play his wife, daughter and son.
If his years on SNL have taught Sudeikis anything, it’s how to land a joke. He is completely in his wheelhouse as a sarcastic down on his luck pot dealer. A leading man is only as good as his leading lady though, and lucky for Sudeikis he scored one of the best in the business with Jennifer Aniston (“Friends”).
As Rose, the stripper-turned-fake-housewife, Aniston flaunts her many assets including great comedic timing. Aniston and Sudeikis have enough chemistry to carry the movie through the few bland moments in the script including David’s inevitable screw up and redemption.
The cast is rounded out by Emma Roberts (“Scream 4”) as the “daughter,” Casey, and Will Poulter (“Chronicles of Narnia”) as the “son,” Kenny. In his comedy debut, Poulter gave a scene stealing performance of Mclovin proportions.
Director Rawson Marshall Thurber (“Dodgeball”) walked the fine line of using the quirky character of Kenny just enough for audiences to find him loveable instead annoying and the rest of the movie seemed to play out similarly.
There was a spark between David and Rose but their relationship never becomes the main focus and the movie is chock full of raunchy jokes without ever crossing the line into outrageous.
This leaves Thurber and Sudeikis with a slightly above average comedy sure to please any viewer. It is a great starting ground for Sudeikis’s new role as leading man and firm reminder of why Aniston will always be one of our favorite friends.