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This flick is definitely one of my all time favourite comedies ever – although it's officially classified as an American satirical crime comedy. Let me tell you why…

The Story

Small-town drug dealer David (Jason Sudeikis) is robbed off his cash and pot, so he owes his drug lord supplier Brad (Ed Helms) big time. As a way to clear his debt, David is forced to smuggle marijuana over the border from Mexico to the US.

To make his “mission” look less suspicious, he gets his neighbour Rose (Jennifer Aniston), in normal life a stripper, his 18-year-old neighbour Kenny (Will Poulter) and teenage runaway Casey (Emma Roberts) to pretend they are a happy all-American, suburban family called the Millers.

The Millers © 2016 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

The Millers © 2016 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

But then the marijuana lot that David is meant to smuggle turns out to be a lot bigger than originally thought. To make matters worse, while trying to cross the borders, the Millers encounter another all-American, happy suburban family who want to be friends so badly they won’t let the Millers out of sight again…

The Location

A large proportion of We’re the Millers was filmed in the US state of New Mexico, its largest city Albuquerque and its capital city Santa Fe. Located just across the border, the landscape in New Mexico looks a lot like its South American neighbour.

Albuquerque, New Mexico. © Sonja Irani / filmfantravel.com

Albuquerque, New Mexico. © Sonja Irani / filmfantravel.com

New Mexico was one of the first US states that issued a major tax incentive programme for film companies, which has made the state very popular with the film industry. Many films and series have since been shot here, including Breaking Bad and We're the Millers.

Albuquerque, New Mexico. © Sonja Irani / filmfantravel.com

Albuquerque, New Mexico. © Sonja Irani / filmfantravel.com

The Performance

At the time the film was released in UK cinemas, I was working at the Odeon Leicester Square and saw Jennifer Aniston (and the other cast members) for the first time live in person. For me it’s just one of the best comedies that Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis ever did, if not THE best comedy they EVER did.

Of course, there were other brilliant supporting actors such as Kathryn Hahn, the crazy mum of the family that the Millers reluctantly befriend or Casey's new friend – NO RAGRETS! – Scottie P. (Mark L. Young). Everyone who loves this comedy as much as I do, you can rejoice: As of early 2016, I heard that the film studio is apparently working on a sequel!

My Verdict: If you are a fan of The Hangover or Horrible Bosses, this will be spot-on with your sense of humour! 

***** 5 out of 5 stars

What are your best laugh-out-moments in We're the Millers? Shout it out loud in the comments!

About The Author

I am an ex London expat now living back in Germany. My second home is the cinema. If you don't find me there I am probably travelling the world in order to trace my favourite film settings while trying to stay on a budget. On filmfantravel.com, I combine these two passions to share my best tips about film-inspired budget travel. Join the journey on Twitter! @filmfantravel

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