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We're the Millers Review

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2.0

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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    We're the Millers is a twisted road trip worth avoiding. Not only is it not funny, it's offensive.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    When Jason Sudeikis and Ed Helms appear in the same movie there's a significant threat of clean-cut sameness. Mediocre material makes them like two halves of the same comic actor: Ed Jason Helms-Sudeikis.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    Director Rawson Marshall Thurber adequately manages the mechanics demanded here but adds no finesse or grace notes.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Richard Roeper

    We’re the Millers is just good enough to keep you entertained, but not good enough to keep your mind from wandering from time to time. This is an aggressively funny comedy that takes a lot of chances, and connects just often enough.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 16 & under

Drug-smuggling road-trip comedy has lots of sex references.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that We're the Millers is a funny (if formulaic) "hard R" comedy (starring Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston) about a pseudo-family going on an unusual road trip. Although it ultimately has a fairly heartwarming message about the definition of family, this is far from a family movie: The "father" is a drug dealer turned smuggler, and his motley crew (including a stripper who poses as his wife) gets into all sorts of mishaps and danger due to his new gig. Expect lots of swearing ("f--k," "s--t," and much more), sexually charged scenes, raunchy conversations with graphic sexual references, and scantily clad women. And, of course, tons of pot; though no one is prominently shown using, the characters wrangle piles of marijuana over the course of the movie.

  • Families can talk about how We're the Millers puts a twist on the typical family road trip movie. How is it similar to others? How is it different?

  • How does the movie depict drug use and sex? Are either/both glamorized?

  • Who do you think this movie is intended to appeal to? Can you think of other comedies with a similar audience/style of humor?

  • What's the movie's message about the meaning of family? Parents, talk to your kids about how families come to be, both biological ones and those that we create ourselves.

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: Amid the over-the-top comedy is the notion that you can make your own family from people who care about you. Also, that no one is irredeemable.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Though the main characters are certainly flawed -- and get up to everything from transporting drugs to stripping -- deep inside, they're well-intentioned. Some reinforcement of standard media stereotypes.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: A villain shoves a gun into a guy's mouth and threatens to shoot it; later, he fires the gun many times. Lots of fistfights (and also fights involving other makeshift weapons, including a coffee cup). Vehicles crash into each other; a gang robs a teenager of her iPhone, and a fight subsequently ensues.

  • sex false4

    Sex: Some sexy dancing by a stripper; at the club where she works, women are seen in bras and thongs, and one has a very suggestive tattoo. Other scenes with scantily clad women. One teenager gives French kissing lessons to another; an older woman joins them. In a non-sexual scene, a teenager's genitals, stung by a spider, are shown in close-up. Plenty of sexual jokes/references, many of them quite crude (references to anal and oral sex, swinging, sex toys, etc.).

  • language false4

    Language: Frequent use of words including "f--k," "s--t," "damn," "bitch," "d--k," "c--k," "c--t," "hell," "ass," "a--hole," "goddamn," "oh my God," and more.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: An iPhone, an iPad, and an Apple computer are either name-dropped or shown prominently. Also, Dodge.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: The lead character is a pot dealer, and he's roped into smuggling a trailer's worth of pot (much of which is seen). But no one is actually shown using. Drinking in a club and other situations.

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