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.