David (Sudeikis) is a small time drug dealer who lives a seemly content if meaningless existence in an inner city apartment building as…. well as a small time drug dealer. His neighbour Rose (Aniston) is a stripper who is about to be evicted. Rose’s boyfriend owes David money….. she has no intention of paying. Things between the two are tense.
Kenny (Poulter) is another tenant. He is a naive but big-hearted kid of 18 who is desperate to befriend David. Kenny is ignored, until the day he steps in to rescue the homeless Casey (Roberts) from a group of thugs.
Things suddenly take a turn for the worse for David and he has no choice but to do a drug run from Mexico to the US for his sleazy drug boss Gurdlinger (Helms). He hits upon the idea that a family vacationing in Mexico is far less likely to attract attention than a man travelling alone.
And so the Miller family is born ……
The ‘ family ‘ fly to Mexico, collect their RV, collect the drugs and start their journey back to the US. Of course, it does not go smoothly and it would not be a proper drug smuggler movie if they were not pursued by the real bad guys.
So we have a small time drug dealer, a stripper, a naive 18-year-old kid and a streetwise runaway ….. in an RV packed with 2 tonnes of cannabis….. travelling from Mexico to the US…. with some real bad guys after them. Things could not get any worse, could they?
Enter the Fitzgerald’s. Edie and Dan (Hahn and Offerman) Fitzgerald and their daughter Melissa (Quinn) are also a vacationing family. Edie has over-sharing issues which….. nahh I will leave you to discover these little gems all on your own 😉
This movie genuinely surprised me. Sure I expected it would be funny but I had no idea just how funny and raunchy and bawdy it would be. And it hovers on the line of bad taste a few times but never quite tips over. It is laugh out loud, tears running down your face funny. There are quips and gags and sight jokes and physical jokes. There are the laughs we see coming…. and the ones we don’t.
The undeniable star of this movie is the young Poulter. He steals the scene, every scene, from his more experienced co-stars. Actually, Poulter steals the scenes he isn’t even in. Yep he is just that funny. His big, goofy, awkward screen presence coupled with his quirky youthful looks and always slightly bewildered expression are perfection. And his household name co-stars just support him and let him shine. Kudos young man.
Make sure you go and see this movie if you want to laugh your arse off. It’s probably not a good one for your Nan or your 12-year-old but its a great way to spend a few hours for everyone else. As with The Heat, I will be going to see this one again.
I don’t usually mention the Event Cinemas Chicks at the Flicks nights but the last few months, they have given us some great movies. Last month, it was The Heat ( my review is here ) and next month it is our very own Naomi Watts in Diana. Not only do you get a great night out with the girls (champers and raffles and girly stuff included), you also receive a gift bag of goodies. If you want to book in for next month …..bookings opened last night and started to fill…. go to the website or use your app to make sure you don’t miss out. I think I will be typing through tears of the other kind next month. Such a poignant time for this movie’s release too….. I wonder how she would have coped with being a Grandmother.
Love Flick x
Director : Rawson Marshall Thurber
Starring : Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Emma Roberts, Will Poulter, Kathryn Hahn, Ed Helms, Nick Offerman, Molly C Quinn, Laura Leigh
Running Time : 110 minutes
Release Date : August 15