A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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.
Positive 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.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.).
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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.
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Products & Purchases
An iPhone, an iPad, and an Apple computer are either name-dropped or shown prominently. Also, Dodge.
Drinking, Drugs & 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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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
There's no major reason to avoid meeting the Millers, the pseudo-family at the heart of this road-trip comedy; they're hilariously dysfunctional and mostly entertaining. Certainly, there are worse ways to spend two hours. But there's no truly compelling reason to rush out and watch WE'RE THE MILLERS, either. The biggest highlights of the film aren't even the leads, but supporting cast members Kathryn Hahn and Nick Offerman, who kill it as two fuddy-duddies with a tiny streak of kink.
The biggest problem can be summed up in Aniston's stripper scenes; Rose is described as being an amazing dancer, but Aniston's gyrations prove tepid at best. The same can be said of the movie. Though there are plenty of chuckle-inducing moments, the real belly laughs are few and far between. The material is funny, yes. But groundbreaking? Definitely not.
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