After the announcement that Ron Burgandy is coming back to the big screen, it got me thinking about the other great comedy of the summer of 2004, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. Despite the fact that it starred a very recognizable cast, the film was directed by someone with no feature experience before: Rawson Marshall Thurber. So what has he been up to recently? He directed another feature back in 2008 called The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, but he’s been quiet since. Now, the guy who brought us the exploits of the Average Joes is back with another comedy called We’re The Millers, about a pothead who creates a fake family to cruise across the country in an RV with him so he can transport 1000 pounds of pot without suspicion.
Deadline reports that Jennifer Aniston and her Horrible Bosses co-star Jason Sudeikis are in talks to star, with Sudeikis playing the lead role and Aniston playing a hooker who gets roped in as the fake wife. This wouldn’t be the first time she played a fake wife, since she did the same thing for Adam Sandler in 2011’s dismal Just Go With It. So despite the involvement of Thurber and Sudeikis, Aniston’s presence kind of offsets any excitement I might have.
But wait! There’s still hope. The script for We’re The Millers was written by Wedding Crashers scribes Bob Fisher & Steve Faber and it’s being called a warped version of National Lampoon’s Vacation…so perhaps the good outweighs the bad in the end. Aniston isn’t unwatchable in everything – I somewhat enjoyed her work in Wanderlust, although that movie wasn’t that great overall – but here’s hoping the involvement of a bunch of really talented people can turn this from being just another “Jennifer Aniston movie.”