Friday, April 19, 2024

Jennifer Aniston Comedy “We’re the Millers” Trashed by Critics


I like Jennifer Aniston a lot, but I am baffled by the movies she picks. Tomorrow (Wednesday), “We’re the Millers” opens and it’s being trashed by the critics. So far it has a 20% on Rotten Tomatoes. Nearly everyone dislikes it. Jason Sudeikis co-stars. I hope he didn’t decide to leave “Saturday Night Live” based on this film’s success. “Millers” may have worse buzz than “Girl Most Likely”–a comedy with Kristen Wiig that opened Dead on Arrival.

Aniston has made a lot of money. She has excellent comic timing that is not well-suited to these hare-brained comedies directed by hacks. She should seriously think about getting into a hip HBO style comedy for TV. The pile up of her DVDs and airplane films is immense at this point. “Millers” wasn’t expensive– Warner Bros. says $30 million, so let’s say it’s $50 mil all in. But still, with those reviews– every major outlet has panned it– the film could be dead by Saturday morning. Stay tuned…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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