Audience 1, Critics 0

The road comedy We're the Millers gets a 42% positive rating from critics, 81% positive from the audience on Rotten Tomatoes.  The audience is right, and the critics have sticks up their butts.  It's not Citizen Kane; it's just a lot of fun.

W.C. Varones' Third Maxim of Film is that it's impossible to make a bad road movie, and We're the Millers certainly doesn't break that rule.  It's like National Lampoon's Vacation updated to Hangover-style humor, with Clark Griswold replaced by a low-level pot dealer forced to assemble a fake family of oddballs to smuggle a load of pot in an RV from Mexico.  A bonus is a talented striptease by Jennifer Aniston, and there's full-frontal eye candy for the ladies, too.


Anonymous said...

I respectfully disagree with your road movie theory and submit that the movie "Crossroads", starring Britney Spears, was garbage that need only be seen by masochists and those under enhanced interrogations.

W.C. Varones said...

Britney Spears?!?

Come on! That's the exception that proves the rule!

Anonymous said...

also, "Easy Rider" sucked

W.C. Varones said...

That was my initial take on Easy Rider, too. But I was very young, so I think I would appreciate it more now.

But 1969 box office rake and current critics and fans disagree.

I went to the hot springs in the movie near Taos, New Mexico. Near the highway bridge over the Rio Grande from Natural Born Killers.

Easy Rider was powerful social commentary in 1969, and is probably even more relevant now, about intolerance for non-conformists and the death of the American Dream.

Zeke said...

Before Jack Nicholson became the self-important permadouche of the Staples Center, he made some quality movies.

I second Varones' take on Easy Rider.

Anonymous said...

i'll concede on "Easy Rider".

Happy Super Tuesday!