The director of Dodgeball, and about four different writers (two of whom wrote Dumb and Dumber To) try to come up with a Hangover/Vacation type of comedy with a cast that should make the picture work. It doesn’t.
The premise is rather dopey (no pun intended). Jason Sudeikis, who recently left Saturday Night Live (hopefully not to do more movies like this) sells pot, and he owes his supplier (Ed Helms) a bit of money. They work out a deal where Sudeikis will go to Mexico and bring back a ton of pot. He’ll use an RV and a fake family to dupe the border patrol. This family includes a stripper played by Jennifer Aniston. She continues her long line of unfunny film roles (and roles where nudity is required but she stays clothed – i.e. Wanderlust); a kid living in his building (Will Poulter, who gets a few laughs, mostly because of his looks), and a runaway (Emma Roberts). The jokes supposedly come in the fact that they’re a happy suburban family, that really hate each other and sometimes make out with each other.
I have no problem with a comedy that wants to tug at our heartstrings, but nobody buys it with these characters. It would’ve been best to just go all out on the comedy front, and perhaps it would’ve garnered more than just the few laughs it did.
Sure, I chuckled when Luis Guzman showed up as a cop. I was optimistic when the always funny Nick Offerman and Kathryn Hahn show up as a goody two-shoes couple also driving back to the States in an RV. Aside from a few funny scenes (one has Offerman putting his finger in Sudeikis’ ear), they’re completely wasted.
I had grown tired of Ed Helms on The Office, and his movie roles always get old quick.
Thomas Lennon (Reno 911!) always cracks me up in films, but he’s always given small parts.
Perhaps I would’ve laughed when the nerdy Will Poulter (Son of Rambow) belts out TLC’s Waterfalls, except local singer/songwriting genius Steve Poltz has been doing a much funnier version of that for years.
The kids are the best thing in the movie, but they’re given poor material to work with. Roberts does the sullen teen thing, and Poulter just does the awkward teen.
The closing credits provide more laughs than the movie did, but even those scenes felt fake and forced.
At two hours long, this movie should’ve been cut to about…well, a five minute bit on Saturday Night Live.
It gets 1 ½ stars out of 5.