Rating : 7/10
Release Date : 30th August, 2013
Time : 110 minutes
Director : Rawson Marshall Thurber; Writer : Bob Fisher, Steve Faber; Music : Ludwig Gorranson, Theodore Shapiro
Starring : Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Emma Roberts, Will Poulter, Ed Helms, Nick Offerman, Kathryn Hahn, Molly C Quinn, Tomar Sisley, Matthew Willig, Luiz Guzman, Mark L Young
Its unreal, more than a bit crazy, exaggerated. But its just so funny in terms of its dialogue, some of the situations that you excuse everything else and walk out with a huge smile on your face (please watch the end-credits as well !)
Jason Sudekis is a small time dealer of weed. Suddenly in debt to his superior, criminal kingpin Ed Helms (of Hangover fame) – who’s not into sportscars so has just bought himself a whale. He, Jason, is kidnapped and brought to Ed’s presence (hilarious sequence where Jason, with a black hood over his head, flanked by two big beefy black guys, is asked by the receptionist how she can help him and if she can get him tea / coffee etc). Ed, in order to forgive his debt, want’s him to go across to Mexico and fetch some drugs for him. And Jason realizes that there is no way he could do this alone without arousing suspicion, so decides to go as a family in a RV van – hiring or cajoling Jennifer Aniston, a neighbor and stripper, to pose as his wife, Emma, a homeless, tough girl to be his daughter. And another neighbor, a naïve, eighteen year old virgin and all round good boy, Will, to be the son.
Lets just say things don’t go totally as per plan. As mentioned above, most of the situations are unbelievable but the repartee & scenarios just keeps you going…whether its Jennifer’s guess of ‘Black Cock Down’ while playing Pictionary. Or Will’s rendition of Waterfalls. Or his mishap with the spider. Or his kissing practice. Or Jennifer’s brief moment of lesbianism. Or her warehouse striptease. Or Emma’s missed period, even though she’s only been doing anal. Or her momentary boyfriend, with his ‘No Ragret’ tattoo and ‘Y’all Know What I’m saying’. Or Jason’s ear-lobe fuck. Or his yelling while whispering with Jennifer. Or his instructions to the hairdresser…the surprises and laugh out loud moments just keep coming….
The performances by the four leads, Ed, Nick & Kathryn (a couple they meet on the way, with Molly as their daughter) are great…Jennifer, as usual smoking hot, yet equally able to transform into a normal looking mom with effortless ease. Jason is outstanding as the single, wise cracking, drug dealer (sorry, smuggler – there is a difference).
Not a film that’s going to change your life or make you think too much, but definitely one for the DVD collection. Preferably an un-Indian-censored one…