We're the Millers

For the similarly titled sitcom, see The Millers.
We're the Millers

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber
Produced by
Screenplay by
Story by
  • Bob Fisher
  • Steve Faber
Music by
Cinematography Barry Peterson
Edited by Michael L. Sale
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release dates
Running time
110 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $37 million[2]
Box office $270 million[3]

We're the Millers is a 2013 American comedy film directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber. The film's screenplay was written by Bob Fisher, Steve Faber, Sean Anders, and John Morris, based on a story by Fisher and Faber. It stars Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Emma Roberts, Will Poulter, Nick Offerman, Kathryn Hahn, and Ed Helms. The plot follows a small-time pot dealer (Sudeikis) who convinces his neighbors to create a fake family, in order to smuggle in drugs from Mexico onto US soil.

The film was released on August 7, 2013 by New Line Cinema through Warner Bros. Pictures. It received mixed reviews from film critics, but was a box-office success, grossing $270 million worldwide during its theatrical run, against a $37 million budget. The film was nominated for four People's Choice Awards, and six MTV Movie Awards, winning two. A sequel is currently in development, with Adam Sztykiel set to write the script.[4]


A low-level marijuana dealer named David Clark (Jason Sudeikis) who lives in Denver is robbed of his money and stash, 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 marijuana from Mexico as a solution to clear his debt. Realizing that one man attempting to get through customs is too suspicious, he hires a stripper neighbor stage-named Rose (Jennifer Aniston), a runaway and petty thief named Casey (Emma Roberts), and his 18-year-old neighbor Kenny (Will Poulter), to pose as a bogus family called the "Millers". When the Millers reach the compound, they find out that the amount of marijuana they were picking up is not "a smidge" as Gurdlinger had informed them, but actually two tons. Because of the extra load of the marijuana on the RV, one of the radiator hoses breaks while going up a steep incline. A family they had encountered at the border, the Fitzgeralds, consisting of Don (Nick Offerman), Edith (Kathryn Hahn), and Melissa (Molly Quinn), catch up to them and tow the Millers' RV to a repair shop. On the trip to the shop, David learns that Don Fitzgerald is a DEA agent after finding his badge and gun in the glove compartment.

The marijuana turns out to be stolen from Pablo Chacon's cartel where Gurdlinger had David pose as an agent of Chacon. The next day, when the Millers head to the shop to pick up the RV, the shop owner is tied up and gagged with duct tape, and Chacon (Tomer Sisley) and his henchman One-Eye (Matthew Willig) are waiting for them and prepare to execute the family. They immediately tell Chacon 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 Chacon 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 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 the 4th of July. This further delays the delivery of the contraband. During their wait, David and Rose begin to bond and Rose reveals her real name to be Sarah (with an H). The two of them scold Casey for leaving with an unknown boy which leaves Casey feeling amused and happy for the attention she didn't receive from neglectful parents.

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. Casey, Sarah, and Kenny are left in disgust by the revelation, and so David leaves them at the local carnival.

Shortly after leaving, David regrets abandoning them after hearing "Waterfalls" by TLC on the radio and returns to the carnival. Before being sexually harassed, Casey chokingly tells Scotty about how she felt like she was actually part of a real family. 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 the pot. One-Eye appears and is about to shoot everyone, but Don comes out of his camper and subdues him. Chacon then comes around the corner with Melissa held at gunpoint and again is about to kill them all, but is momentarily distracted by the 4th of July fireworks. David and Kenny then subdue him. Melissa and Kenny (with a newfound confidence) kiss, as do David and Sarah. Don arrests Chacon, 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 at all. DEA agents crash into the room, arresting Gurdlinger, revealing that David sold him out. Don, the agent in charge, tells David that he will have to be placed in the witness protection program until the trial of Gurdlinger and Chacon. He then adds that anyone who was a witness to the crime will be in protection, which pleases David. The Millers are then seen together in a suburban house with several marijuana plants growing in the garden.



Development of the movie first began in 2002.[5] 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.[6] In April 2012, various news media broke the news that Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis were in talks to star in the film.[7][8] The film added Emma Roberts, Will Poulter, Ed Helms and Kathryn Hahn in July.[9][10]

Production began in Wilmington, North Carolina on July 23, 2012.[9] Filming also took place in New Mexico.[11] It was presented during the 2013 Traverse City Film Festival.[12]


The film was released in theaters on August 7, 2013 in the United States,[13] 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.

Home media

We're the Millers was released on Blu-ray and DVD on November 19, 2013 by Warner Home Video.[14][15] 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 featuring over 8 minutes of new material. Special features included over 45 minutes of featurettes, outtakes and deleted scenes.


Box office

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.[13]

Critical response

We're the Millers received mixed reviews from critics. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes the film has a rating of 47%, based on 149 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."[16] Metacritic gave the film a score of 44 out of 100, based on 38 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[17]

According to audience polls conducted by CinemaScore, viewers gave the film an average grade of "A-" on an A+ to F scale.[18]


Year Award Category Recipient Result
2013 Key Art Awards Best Trailer - Audio/Visual Warner Bros., New Line Cinema, Trailer Park Nominated
2014 People's Choice Awards[19] 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[20][21] Best Female Performance Jennifer Aniston Nominated
Best Breakthrough Performance Will Poulter Won
Sexiest 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[22] 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, New Line Cinema announced that a sequel to We're the Millers was in development, with Adam Sztykiel writing the script.[4]


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