NEW YORK (AP) — It doesn't take much to get Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis going on a good comedic riff. Just the mention of some random subject and the two engage in banter like they're reading from some comedic script.
One inspiration: Aniston's enduring but long-gone series, "Friends."
Aniston: "'Friends' is off the air."
Sudeikis: "I know, but I just did an episode of it."
Aniston: "That's strange."
Sudeikis: "I play Monica's uh ... "
Aniston: "Brother? Other brother?"
Sudeikis: "Stepbrother. We kiss. It's taken a dark turn. Courteney Cox does not play Monica in this one."
Aniston: "No! We've all been replaced?"
Sudeikis: "It's like 'The Carrie Diaries.' Everyone plays you guys in high school."
Aniston and Sudeikis, who shared the screen in 2011's "Horrible Bosses," team up again for "We're the Millers," which has Sudeikis' character assemble a motley crew to play his family in order to complete a drug deal. It opens nationwide on Wednesday.
Like "Horrible Bosses," the new film — in which Aniston plays a stripper posing as a mom — is a dark, subversive comedy. Aniston said what makes it appealing is that it's fun.
"It's highbrow, but not too highbrow. It's based in reality, but obviously, a crazy reality," the 44-year-old actress said in a recent interview. "I think it's fun to have a zany group of people in these situations. And it feels different. That merging of pot smuggling, stripping, dealing, children, fake family, all of that."
Much of the focus of "We're the Millers" has been Aniston's decision to strip (she's not fully nude) in the movie, and her impressive, toned figure. Aniston, a fitness buff, said she worked out every morning to prepare for her big moment on-screen. She said much of that talk comes across as a backhanded compliment.