We're the Millers
We're the Millers is a 2013 American comedy film directed by Rawson M. Thurber and starring Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Emma Roberts, Will Poulter, Nick Offerman, Kathryn Hahn, Molly Quinn, and Ed Helms. The film's screenplay was written by Bob Fisher, Steve Faber, Sean Anders, and John Morris, based on a story by Fisher and Faber. The plot follows a small-time pot dealer (Sudeikis) who convinces his neighbors to help him by pretending to be his family, in order to smuggle drugs from Mexico into the United States.
|We're the Millers|
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|Directed by||Rawson Marshall Thurber|
|Edited by||Mike Sale|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|Box office||$270 million|
The film was released on August 7, 2013 by New Line Cinema through Warner Bros. Pictures. Despite mixed reviews, it grossed $270 million worldwide during its theatrical run, against a $37 million budget, and was nominated for four People's Choice Awards, and six MTV Movie Awards, winning two. In 2014 New Line Cinema said a sequel was in development.
After attempting to help save a homeless teenage girl from getting robbed, David Clark (Jason Sudeikis), a small-time cannabis dealer in Denver, Colorado, is robbed of his weed stash and a lot of money, some of which he owes to his wealthy drug lord supplier Brad Gurdlinger (Ed Helms). After David is brought to him, Gurdlinger forces David to smuggle a "smidge" of marijuana from Mexico as a solution to clear his debt. Realizing that one man attempting to get through customs is too suspicious, he hires three people to pose as a bogus family called "the Millers." Portraying the mother is his stripper neighbor stage-named Rose (Jennifer Aniston). His children are a teenage runaway and petty thief named Casey (Emma Roberts), and his 18-year-old neighbor Kenny (Will Poulter). When the Millers reach the compound, they find out that the amount of marijuana they were picking up is not "a smidge" but actually two tons. Because of the extra load of the marijuana on the RV that they are driving, one of the radiator hoses breaks while going up a steep incline. A family they had met at the border, the Fitzgeralds—consisting of Don (Nick Offerman), Edith (Kathryn Hahn), and their teenage daughter Melissa (Molly Quinn)—catch up to them and tow the Millers' RV to a garage. En route to the garage, David learns that Don is a DEA agent after finding his badge and gun in the glove compartment.
The marijuana turns out to be stolen from Pablo Chacón's (Tomer Sisley) cartel where Gurdlinger had David pose as an agent of Chacon. The next day, when the Millers return to the garage to collect the RV, the mechanic is found tied-up and gagged with duct tape in his office and Chacón and his henchman One-Eye (Matthew Willig) are waiting for them and prepare to execute the family. They immediately tell Chacón that they are not a real family and that they did not know they were stealing from him. Rose is given a chance to prove that she is a stripper by dancing, and when she gets close, turns a steam vent onto Chacón, allowing the Millers to escape in the RV with Kenny behind the wheel. Due to Kenny's erratic driving, the RV veers off the highway and a Mexican redknee tarantula, hiding in a bowl of fruit, crawls up Kenny's leg and bites his testicle.
Kenny has a severe allergic reaction to the bite, and the Millers head to the hospital near a carnival for 4th of July celebrations. This further delays the delivery of the smuggled contraband. During their wait, David and Rose begin to bond and Rose reveals her real name to be Sarah. The two of them scold Casey for leaving with a strange boy, Scotty P (Mark L. Young), which leaves Casey feeling amused and happy for the attention she did not receive from her real parents, who neglected her.
David renegotiates with Gurdlinger for a fee of $500,000 on the condition that it arrives that night. When Kenny is finally released from the hospital, David rushes him to the RV in a wheelchair and accidentally tips him over. In the ensuing argument, David inadvertently reveals how much he is getting paid, in comparison to how little he offered to pay each of the others. Kenny is shocked by this, as he reveals he wasn’t getting paid at all. Casey, Sarah, and Kenny are left in disgust by the revelation, and so David leaves them behind at the local carnival.
Shortly after leaving, David regrets abandoning them after hearing "Waterfalls" by TLC on the radio and returns to the carnival. Casey confides in Scotty about how she felt like she was actually part of a real family. Scotty tries to sexually harass Casey, but is thwarted by Sarah and Kenny. David then arrives at the carnival, begging them to come back with him and offering each a full share of the profits. On their way to the RV, they encounter Edith and Melissa. In the ensuing conversation between the Millers and the Fitzgeralds, Kenny blurts out that they are smuggling cannabis. One-Eye appears and is about to shoot everyone, but Don comes out of his motor home and knocks him out cold. Chacón then appears from around the corner, with Melissa held at gunpoint, and is about to kill them all; but is momentarily distracted by the 4th of July fireworks. David and Kenny then subdue him while he is distracted. Melissa and Kenny kiss, as do David and Sarah. Don arrests Chacón, but lets the Millers leave.
David delivers the drugs to Gurdlinger, who tells him he is late and that their deal is off, but then admits that he had never intended to pay him at all. DEA agents interrupt the meeting, arresting Gurdlinger, revealing that David had previously told them of the situation and his association with Gurdlinger. Don, the agent in charge of the raid, tells David that he will have to be placed in the witness protection program until the trials of Gurdlinger and Chacón are finished, which will take three-six months. He then adds that anyone who was a witness to the crime will be put into protection, which pleases David. The Millers are then seen together in a suburban house with several marijuana plants growing in the back garden.
- Jennifer Aniston as Sarah "Rose" O'Reilly / Miller, David’s wife, Casey and Kenny’s hired mother and a stripper hired by David to pose as his wife.
- Jason Sudeikis as David Clark / Miller, Rose’s husband, Casey and Kenny’s hired father and a drug dealer who forms the Millers.
- Will Poulter as Kenny Rossmore / Miller, the socially awkward and underconfident 18-year-old, hired to pose as David and Rose’s teenage son and Casey’s brother.
- Emma Roberts as Casey Mathis / Miller, the 19-year-old runaway from neglectful parents, and thief, hired by David to pose as David and Rose’s teenage daughter and Kenny’s sister.
- Ed Helms as Brad Gurdlinger, a drug lord who hires David to smuggle marijuana from Mexico and one of the film's two main villains.
- Nick Offerman as Don Fitzgerald, Edith’s husband, Melissa’s father and a DEA agent who befriends the Millers.
- Kathryn Hahn as Edith Fitzgerald, Don's wife and Melissa’s mother.
- Molly Quinn as Melissa Fitzgerald, Don and Edie's teenage daughter and Kenny's love interest.
- Tomer Sisley as Pablo Chacón, a Mexican drug lord and one of the film's two main villains.
- Matthew Willig as One-Eye, Pablo's henchman.
- Luis Guzmán as a Mexican cop who demands a bribe from the Millers.
- Thomas Lennon as Rick Nathanson, a former college classmate of David's.
- Mark L. Young as Scottie P., a kiddie ride attendant who befriends Casey.
- Ken Marino as Todd, the sleazy owner of the strip club that Rose worked at.
- Laura-Leigh as Kymberly/Boner Garage, one of Rose's fellow strippers.
- Sam Richardson as TSA Agent.
Development of the movie first began in 2002. By 2006, the film was announced with Steve Buscemi as the pot dealer, with Will Arnett in another role, but no further development was made. In April 2012, various news media broke the news that Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis were in talks to star in the film. The film added Emma Roberts, Will Poulter, Ed Helms and Kathryn Hahn in July.
The film was released in theaters on August 7, 2013 in the United States, and on August 23, 2013 in the United Kingdom. It was released on September 18, 2013 in France, and was released on November 8, 2013 in Spain.
We're the Millers was released on Blu-ray and DVD on November 19, 2013 by Warner Home Video. The DVD was released as a two-disc special edition, containing two versions of the film: the original theatrical version and the "unrated" extended cut with 8 minutes of new material and 45 minutes of featurettes, outtakes and deleted scenes.
We're the Millers grossed over seven times its $37 million budget, earning over $150 million in North America and $119 million internationally for a worldwide total of $270 million.
On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 48% based on 152 reviews with an average rating of 5.5/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "We're the Millers squanders its potential with an uneven, lazily assembled story." On Metacritic, the film has a score of 44 out of 100 based on 38 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A-" on an A+ to F scale.
|2013||Key Art Awards||Best Trailer – Audio/Visual||Warner Bros., New Line Cinema, Trailer Park||Nominated|
|2014||People's Choice Awards||Favorite Movie Actress||Jennifer Aniston||Nominated|
|Favorite Comedic Movie Actress||Jennifer Aniston||Nominated|
|Favorite On-Screen Chemistry||Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis||Nominated|
|Favorite Comedic Movie||We're the Millers||Nominated|
|British Academy Film Awards||BAFTA Rising Star Award||Will Poulter||Won|
|Empire Awards||Best Male Newcomer||Will Poulter||Nominated|
|MTV Movie Awards||Best Female Performance||Jennifer Aniston||Nominated|
|Best Breakthrough Performance||Will Poulter||Won|
|Best Shirtless Performance||Jennifer Aniston||Nominated|
|Best Kiss||Emma Roberts, Will Poulter, Jennifer Aniston||Won|
|Best Song from a Movie||Will Poulter – Waterfalls||Nominated|
|Best Comedic Performance||Jason Sudeikis||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie Actress: Comedy||Emma Roberts||Won|
|Choice Movie: Liplock||Emma Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Will Poulter||Nominated|
|Choice Movie: Hissy Fit||Jason Sudeikis||Nominated|
|2015||Casting Society of America||Big Budget Comedy||Lisa Beach, Sarah Katzman, Lisa Mae Fincannon, Jeremy Gordon, Beth Lipari, Dana Salerno||Nominated|
On February 25, 2014, Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema announced that a sequel to We're the Millers was in development, titled We're Still the Millers, with Adam Sztykiel writing the script.
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