My rating: 6
IMDB rating: 7.1
IMDB link: We’re the Millers
Full disclosure: this is not my type of movie at all! And after The Hangover, I cannot stand Jason Sudeikis. His type of comedy is just not that funny to me.
That being said, I watched this movie as a distraction from pre-conference jitters and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised! The jokes were quite original, the characterization (which in comedy is most important) was quite good and the dialogue very witty.
Thinking about it, there are quite a few comedies nowadays that challenge the position of the nuclear family. The typical American family is satirized, not only by the Millers, but also by the Fitzgeralds. Sexuality, especially, is one of the mediums through which this challenging of the traditional family is achieved.
In this sense these comedies, like this movie and for example Neighbors (starring Zac Efron and Seth Rogen) is part of a sexual revolution which the traditional sealed marital bed is undergoing.
Back at home in South Africa, which is still extremely Calvinistic, these issues are still “sealed” and definitely never satirized. The emphasis on the sexual is seen as a very nasty Hollywood by-product that everyone should avoid as it compromises purity.
In this sense, I think that comedies such as this plays a big part in the sexual liberation of the US (and perhaps even the rest of the world). Being able to joke about these issues show a certain healthy distance from the problem that can aid in the liberation process.
All in all, I think this film is worth the watch as it does not only provide some much needed comic relief, it also forms part of a bigger picture that is certainly very important in my country.
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