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Review
30 July 2013 by Tim Evans

It's been almost ten years since Reebok commercials maker turned writer/director Rawson Marshall Thurber unleased DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story, one of the finest comedies of the new millennium.

A  masterclass in mirth-making, it boasted a zinger-crammed script, a faultless set of sympathetic performances and a plot that somehow made the non-sport of dodgeball funny.

Since then he's only come up with the poorly-received adaptation of Michael Chabon's The Mysteries of Pittsburgh. Until now.

Back in the comedy saddle, he's roped in an A-list cast - Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis and Emma Roberts - for his gratifyingly non-PC take on the movie staple - the road trip. And the good news is that it's a corker.

Sudeikis plays low-level drugs dealer David Clark, an unambitious stoner who finds his life thrown out of whack when he's ambushed by a gang of gutter punks who make off with his stash...and his cash.

Unfortunately, most of the moolah belongs to his supplier Brad (The Hangover's Ed Helms), a psychotic nutjob with aspirations to being a Bond-style villain (complete with his own shark tank) who informs David the only way out is for him to smuggle a "smidge and a half" of dope back across the Mexican border.

Hitting on the idea that he needs some sort of cover, David decides to recruit a fictional family - neighbour and stripper Rose (Aniston), streetwise teen hussie Casy (Roberts) and gauche adolescent Kenny  - to share his weed-shipping motor home.

The trouble is the stash turns out to be "enough dope to kill Willie Nelson" and the 'Millers' find themselves sharing the journey with fellow RV-dwellers, underperforming narc Don (Nick Offerman) and his sexually repressed wife Edie (Kathryn Hahn).

Sharp and smutty, Thurber keeps the gags coming at breakneck pace, including a droll incest scene where Kenny - winning played by upcoming Brit Poultner - finds himself sandwiched between Aniston and Roberts. There's also a scene-stealing performance from Mark L Young as a braindead skateboard berk.

While never reaching the dizzy heights of DodgeBall, this has a high enough ribaldry hit rate to keep audiences happy. It's Miller time.