This Mexico-set, hilarious road movie is definitely one of my ALL TIME FAVOURITES when it comes to American comedies – although it's officially classified as an American satirical crime comedy. Let me explain why…
Small-town drug dealer David (Jason Sudeikis) is robbed off his cash and pot, so he owes his cruel 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 is joined by his neighbour Rose (Jennifer Aniston), who is actually a stripper, his 18-year-old neighbour Kenny (Will Poulter) and teenage runaway Casey (Emma Roberts). From now on, they pretend to be a happy and suburban all-American family called the Millers.
But then the marijuana lot that David is meant to smuggle across borders turns out to be a lot bigger than originally thought. To make matters worse, the Millers encounter another happy suburban family who wants to be friends so badly they won’t let the Millers out of sight again…
The Film Locations
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 very similar to actual Mexico located just a few miles south of the border.
New Mexico was one of the first US states that issued a major tax incentive program to film companies, which has made the state very popular with the film industry. Many films and series have since been shot here, including the hit TV series Breaking Bad.
For more tips on what to do on a film-inspired trip to New Mexico, check out this post about my New Mexico visit in October 2015: New Mexico, USA – 3 Ways to Get Your Film Fan Fix
In addition, much of the filming for We’re the Millers was done in Wilmington, North Carolina. Among the scenes filmed here were those at the carnival.
According to IMDb, some of the scenes were filmed at the Wilmington Convention Center, 515 Nutt Street as well as at 420 Market Street in Wilmington.
For me it’s just one of the best comedies that Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis ever did, if not THE BEST COMEDY EVER. Even though I've seen We're the Millers many times over, I just can't help myself: I still have to laugh so much at the silly jokes!
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 (boy)friend – NO RAGRETS! – Scottie P. (Mark L. Young).
Finally, 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 Final 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
Update 2021: Apparently, a sequel called We're the Millers 2 is coming! I can't wait and will keep you updated when it happens! 😉