‘We’re the Millers’ Trailers: Posing as The All-American Family

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In the upcoming comedy We’re the Millers, small-time pot dealer David (Jason Sudeikis) is offered $100,000 from a drug kingpin to transport what the kingpin calls “a smidge” of weed from Mexico across the U.S. border. As a single man, David believes he is more likely to be spotted and searched while crossing the border, so he creates a faux family by hiring a local stripper (Jennifer Aniston) to play his wife, a runaway teen (Emma Roberts) to play his daughter and a neighborhood boy (Will Poulter) to play his son. Posing as “The Millers” on a family vacation, they then set out to collect the weed and David’s money, but of course, things go horribly wrong along the way.

The film is directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber, who is best known for writing and directing Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004) and written by Dan Fybel (Bob’s Burgers) and former NBA player-turned-screenwriter, Rich Rinaldi. Along with the ensemble playing the Millers, the film boasts a bevy of talented comedic supporting players, including Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation), Kathryn Hahn (Step Brothers), Ken Marino (Wanderlust), Thomas Lennon (Reno 911!) and Ed Helms (The Hangover Part III) playing against type as the drug kingpin. Here’s a look at the film’s poster:


were the millers poster 280x170 Were the Millers Trailers: Posing as The All American Family

The footage from the green band trailer offers some funny moments, including a TDKR joke, David’s discovery that the “smidge” of pot is actually two metric tons and a very geeky rendition of TLC’s “Waterfalls” by Poulter’s character Kenny. However, the main problems the film will almost assuredly run into will be making these somewhat seedy characters likable, and redeeming their criminal actions in some way. David’s employer does mention that David has no choice in taking on the job, but we’re not yet sure how that is the case.

Based on the clip, the dynamics and chemistry between the main cast is among the film’s strengths, which certainly bodes well for it generating laughs, but we can almost guarantee that their initial hostility towards one another will become genuine friendship and camaraderie once they’ve endured hardships together. This is a common formula, but as long we like the characters, we’ll be more willing to go along for a familiar ride, at least character-arc wise.

With a talented cast, an original-enough premise and some earned chuckles from the trailer, we can add We’re the Millers to the list of anticipated comedies of 2013, a list that already includes This is the End, The Heat and The World’s End.

For a much raunchier version of the trailer, check out the red-band trailer:


We’re the Millers hits theaters August 9, 2013.

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  1. I chuckled a few time

  2. I dont understand there an american family but the son is from the UK?

  3. this looks great! haha

  4. This actually made me laugh. Can’t wait to see it.

  5. This looks pretty funny. I’ll definitely give it a shot.

  6. Looks good…Hope movie is as funny as the trailer and does not slow down in the middle. Aniston trying to look hot but failing. But trailer made me laugh.

  7. I’d pay to see this.

  8. Isn’t the kid playing Kenny the ones of the kids from the last Chronicles of Naria movie?

    • yes that is Eustace

  9. This might be anitson’s better movies, box office wise as it looks pretty funny (and not the typical lame romcom crap).

    Side note: Aniston is like a fine wine, that woman just keeps getting better with age. And by better I mean looks.

  10. Before pressing play I fully expected these trailers to be awful but I have to admit that I laughed a few times and am now interested in checking this out. It will be on Blu-ray or Streaming though. If I’m going to pay “theater money” for a comedy it has to be something I’m really really excited for like Anchorman 2.

  11. This is a rental for me; Jason Sudeikis is one of the very few from SNL that makes me laugh.

  12. I love Jason Sudeikis. He actually brings something to every movie he’s in.