We're the Millers

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Drug-smuggling road-trip comedy has lots of sex references.
  • R
  • 2013
  • 110 minutes

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 23 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 68 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive 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.

Positive Role Models & Representations

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.


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.


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.).


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.


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.

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byTheKingRayen January 5, 2021

A funny, funny movie!

This is the funniest movie I think I've ever seen! We were laughing so much that we know we missed some of the dialog. Defiantly a movie to watch over and... Continue reading
Adult Written byRichManGold December 20, 2020
Teen, 17 years old Written bySean Broucek August 7, 2013


Parents, you need to know that this hilarious comedy from the creator of "Psych" has plenty of crude and heartwarming moments, but the strong language... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byDogcat January 1, 2021

What's the story?

David Clark (Jason Sudeikis) is a small-time drug dealer with a heart who's trying to make a living without being too shady. He doesn't deal to kids, for instance, and he isn't above stepping into the middle of a fight -- as is the case when he spies his nerdy young neighbor, Kenny (Will Poulter), whose mother is always absent, trying to save a surly homeless teen, Casey (Emma Roberts), who's being robbed. In the ensuing melee, David's backpack full of money and drugs is stolen, leaving him with nothing to pay his boss (Ed Helms). To make up the purloined loot, David is sent to bring back a "smidge" of drugs from Mexico. He doesn't know how he'll make it through, until he cooks up a plan: He'll make himself over into a clean-cut "dad"; hire his stripper neighbor, Rose (Jennifer Aniston), to pose as his wife; and get Casey and Kenny to play their kids. Surely, customs officials will let a trailer-riding family through without a hassle, right?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • 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.

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