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Jennifer Aniston is still an amazing comedy actress—and she also makes a surprisingly great stripper.

While that isn’t the only thing you should take away from We’re the Millers, it is a major highlight of the film, which stars Aniston alongside Jason Sudeikis, Emma Roberts and Will Poulter as the fake Miller family on a road trip to Mexico to smuggle a “smidge” of marijuana back to the U.S. for a substantial payout—enticing enough for each character, as they are all down on their luck in one form or another.

Sudeikis portrays weed dealer David Clark, who works for Brad Gurdlinger (Ed Helms), an extremely wealthy drug lord to whom he owes a substantial amount of money after getting robbed. Gurdlinger offers David the chance to pay back his debt by picking up marijuana from Mexico for a $100,000 payout—which also happens to be his only way out. Clark soon hires his neighbor Sarah “Rose” O’Reilly (Aniston), whom he despises but secretly loves, as well as runaway teenage girl Casey Mathis (Roberts) and virgin teen boy Kenny Rossmore (Poulter) to pose as the “Millers” to pass through customs without suspicion. While the kids are in after some prompting, it takes Rose being evicted to convince her to join the charade—and hilarity soon ensues as the newfound “family” makes their way out of Mexico in a giant RV with more weed than they bargained for.

We’re the Millers takes the family road trip movie to adult levels. Obviously, the addition of the drug smuggling is heavy enough—but the crew manages to make this aspect work extremely well for the dysfunctional family that the foursome becomes. They also sneak in somewhat of a coming-of-age story for the teenagers, as well as some “family bonding” that pull the characters closer together—despite David’s initially selfish motives (he originally planned on pocketing most of the money—especially after their payoff was raised to $500,000). The cast and crew also manage to make what would be “wholesome” moments entertaining—and perhaps somewhat twisted at times—in the process, making the film a refreshing take on the family comedy genre.

Still, the highlight really is Aniston’s performance as a stripper-turned-matriarch. Of all the characters, hers seems to keep the team together and eventually pulls Sudeikis’ character closer as well. The film is a comedy about a dysfunctional fake family as much as it is about the importance of caring about those around you—without shoving it down our throats too much.

We’re the Millers is obviously a lighthearted film, despite its basis around the marijuana trade. It doesn’t require much thinking and can, at times, rely on corny moments, timely celebrity namedropping and sight gags (the spider bite scene is somewhat cringe-worthy, especially after the repeated flashing of genitals—you’ll see what I mean), but sometimes all a movie needs to be is entertaining—which this one definitely is. Oh, and the prominent use of TLC’s “Waterfalls” was a nice touch to humor all the nostalgia fans out there. We’re the Millers gets a four out of five, easily.