We're the Millers

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We're the Millers
We're the Millers poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRawson Marshall Thurber
Produced by
Screenplay by
Story by
  • Bob Fisher
  • Steve Faber
Starring
Music by
CinematographyBarry Peterson
Editing byMichael L. Sale
Studio
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release dates
  • August 3, 2013 (2013-08-03) (Traverse City Film Festival)
  • August 7, 2013 (2013-08-07) (United States)
  • August 23, 2013 (2013-08-23) (United Kingdom)
Running time110 minutes[1]
Country
  • United States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$37 million[2]
Box office$269,994,119[3]
 
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We're the Millers
We're the Millers poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRawson Marshall Thurber
Produced by
Screenplay by
Story by
  • Bob Fisher
  • Steve Faber
Starring
Music by
CinematographyBarry Peterson
Editing byMichael L. Sale
Studio
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release dates
  • August 3, 2013 (2013-08-03) (Traverse City Film Festival)
  • August 7, 2013 (2013-08-07) (United States)
  • August 23, 2013 (2013-08-23) (United Kingdom)
Running time110 minutes[1]
Country
  • United States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$37 million[2]
Box office$269,994,119[3]

We're the Millers is a 2013 American comedy film directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber. It stars Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Emma Roberts, and Will Poulter. It was released in the U.S. on August 7, 2013 by Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema.

Plot[edit]

Low level marijuana drug dealer David Clark is robbed of his money and stash, some of which he owes to his supplier. His boss, wealthy drug lord Brad Gurdlinger forces David to smuggle marijuana from Mexico in order to clear his debt. Realizing that one man attempting to get through customs is too suspicious, he hires a stripper stage-named Rose, a runaway 21 year old girl, petty thief named Casey, and his 18 year-old neighbor Kenny 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 called the Fitzgeralds, consisting of Don, Edith, and Melissa, 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. The next day, when the Millers head to the shop to pick up the RV, Chacon and his henchman One Eye are waiting for them and prepare to execute the family. They immediately tell Chacon that they aren't a real family and that they didn't 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. The Millers then 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 given to them when they picked up the marijuana, crawls up Kenny's leg and bites his testicle. As Kenny has a severe allergic reaction to the bite, the Millers head to the hospital. This further delays the delivery of the contraband, but David re-negotiates with Gurdlinger for a fee of $500,000 on the condition that it arrives that night. When Kenny is finally released, David rushes him to the RV in a wheelchair and 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, Rose, 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 and returns to the carnival, begging them on his knees to come back with him. On their way back to the RV, they encounter Edie and Melissa Fitzgerald. One Eye discovers them and is about to shoot everyone, but Don Fitzgerald comes out of his camper and subdues him. Chacon then comes around the corner and is about to kill them all, but is momentarily distracted by the 4th of July fireworks. The Millers then take this opportunity to disarm and subdue him. Don arrests Chacon and One Eye and tells the Millers that he will arrest them too, but actually gives them the opportunity to leave. David delivers the drugs to Gurdlinger, who tells him he's late and that their deal is off. DEA agents then crash into the room, arresting Gurdlinger. The agent in charge is Don, who tells David that he will have to be in the witness protection program until Gurdlinger's trial. He then adds that anyone that was a witness to the crime will be in protection, and David smiles. The Millers are then seen together in a beautiful home, with several marijuana plants growing in the garden.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Production began in Wilmington, North Carolina on July 23, 2012.[4] The majority of the production was filmed in North Carolina and New Mexico.[5] It was presented during the 2013 Traverse City Film Festival[6] and also during the Locarno International Film Festival.[7]

Development[edit]

The film was in development for a few years at New Line. In 2006, the film was announced with Steve Buscemi as the pot dealer, with Will Arnett in another role, but no further development was made.[8] In April 2012, various news media broke the news that Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis were in talks to star in the film.[9][10] The film added Emma Roberts, Will Poulter, Ed Helms and Kathryn Hahn in July.[4][11]

Release[edit]

The film was released in theaters on August 7, 2013 in the United States,[12] 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.

Box office[edit]

Commercially, We're the Millers has been a financial success by grossing over seven times its production cost. The film earned over $150 million in North America and $119 million internationally for a worldwide total of $269 million against a budget of $37 million.[12]

Critical response[edit]

We're the Millers received mixed reviews from critics. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 47% based on reviews from 145 critics, with an average rating of 5.4/10. The site's consensus states "We're the Millers squanders its potential with an uneven, lazily assembled story."[13] Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score from 1 to 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, gave the film a 44 based on 38 critics indicating "mixed or average reviews".[14]

According to audience polls conducted by CinemaScore, viewers gave the film an average grade of A-.[15]

Accolades[edit]

YearAwardCategoryRecipientResult
2013Key Art AwardsBest Trailer - Audio/VisualWarner Bros., New Line Cinema, Trailer ParkNominated
201440th People's Choice Awards[16]Favorite Movie ActressJennifer AnistonNominated
Favorite Comedic Movie ActressJennifer AnistonNominated
Favorite On-Screen ChemistryJennifer Aniston and Jason SudeikisNominated
Favorite Comedic MovieWe're the MillersNominated

Soundtrack[edit]

We're the Millers
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
GenreFilm soundtrack
Tracklist
No.TitleSinger(s)Length
1."Count It Off"  The Saturday Knights 
2."Problem"  Natalia Kills 
3."Shake it Sleazy"  Ronald J. Webb 
4."Waiting at Home"  Ronald J. Webb 
5."Boner Garage"  Ronald J. Webb 
6."I’m A Man"  Black Strobe 
7."Joined At The Hip"  Jonathan Carroll 
8."Stroke Me"  Mickey Avalon 
9."The Stroke"  Billy Squier 
10."Wild Child"  Juliet Simms 
11."Hustlin’"  Rick Ross 
12."Put The Gun Down"  ZZ Ward 
13."South Of The Border (Down Mexico Way)"  Frank Sinatra 
14."Waterfalls"  TLC 
15."Shakey Ground"  The Temptations 
16."Werk Me"  Hyper Crush 
17."Sweet Emotion"  Aerosmith 
18."Officer of the Day"  Wurlitzer Pipe Band 
19."I’ll Be There For You (Theme from FRIENDS)"  The Rembrandts 

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WE'RE THE MILLERS (15)". British Board of Film Classification. June 14, 2013. Retrieved June 14, 2013. 
  2. ^ McClintock, Pamela (August 6, 2013). "Box Office Preview: 'Elysium' Aims for $35 Million-Plus Debut". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 12, 2013. 
  3. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?page=main&id=werethemillers.htm
  4. ^ a b Abrams, Rachel (2012-07-13). "Emma Roberts in talks for ‘We’re the Millers’". Variety. Retrieved 2013-02-02. 
  5. ^ "'We’re the Millers' to film in NM - Albuquerque Business First". Bizjournals.com. 2012-09-05. Retrieved 2013-02-02. 
  6. ^ "Traverse City Film Festival gets underway Tuesday with early showing of "We're the Millers," starring Jennifer Aniston". The Oakland Press. July 29, 2013. Retrieved August 12, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Les Miller, une famille en herbe sélectionné au 66e Festival de Locarno" (in French). WarnerBros.fr. July 26, 2013. Retrieved August 12, 2013. 
  8. ^ White, James (2006-12-05). "New Line High Again On We’re The Millers". Empire. Retrieved 2013-02-02. 
  9. ^ Fernandez, Jay; Kit, Borys (April 9, 2012). "Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis in Talks to Star in New Line's 'We're the Millers'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 2, 2013. 
  10. ^ White, James (2006-12-05). "Aniston Could Say We're The Millers". Empire. Retrieved 2013-02-02. 
  11. ^ McNary, Dave (2012-07-12). "Kathryn Hahn joins ‘Millers’ cast". Variety. Retrieved 2013-02-02. 
  12. ^ a b "We're the Millers (2013)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2013-02-02. 
  13. ^ "We're The Millers (2013)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved August 19, 2013. 
  14. ^ "We're the Millers". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved August 18, 2013. 
  15. ^ Subers, Ray (August 11, 2013). "Weekend Report: Audiences Travel to 'Elysium' Over Crowded Weekend". Box Office Mojo. Amazon.com. Retrieved August 12, 2013. 
  16. ^ http://www.peopleschoice.com/pca/awards/nominees/

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