We're the Millers: 5 Things to Know Before Road-Tripping With Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudekis

Rawson Marshall Thurber's stoner flick's high points include chemistry by its two leads and a surprising rap performance by Will Poulter

By Matt Stevens Aug 10, 2013 7:30 PMTags
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Get ready to inhale. In We're the Millers, small-time pot dealer David Clark (Jason Sudeikis) has to work off a debt to his supplier (Ed Helms) by transporting a huge marijuana shipment from Mexico. As part of his plan to fool customs agents, David assembles a phony family—cynical stripper Rose (Jennifer Aniston) as his wife, and a dorky neighbor and a homeless runaway (Will Poulter, Emma Roberts) as his kids. The "Millers" pile into a massive motor home and head south of the border, but vengeful drug lords and randy vacationers threaten to thwart their drug-smuggling scheme. Want to know more dope details? Don't be a buzzkill—toke on these fun facts:

1. A Long, Weeded Road: Sort of a mash-up of National Lampoon's Vacation and The Hangover, this stoner comedy was in various stages of development for nearly a decade. Reportedly, multiple actors including Will Arnett, Steve Buscemi and Jason Bateman were attached at some point. Once Aniston and Sudeikis (who channels Chevy Chase here) committed to the project, along with Dodgeball director Rawson Marshall Thurber, this road trip finally got the green light.

2. The SNLer and the Friendster: This marks Sudeikis and Aniston's third film together, after Horrible Bosses and The Bounty Hunter, though it's their first time sharing top billing. Plus, they'll reteam next year for the sure-to-be-needless sequel Horrible Bosses 2. Friends in real life, the two actors improvised much of their onscreen banter, and their easy chemistry helps keep Millers, which swerves around one plot contrivance after another, from totally driving off a cliff.

3. Rapping & Macking: Will Poulter, who plays virginal teen son Kenny, may hail from Britain, but he adopts a very convincing American accent. That's not this scene-stealer's only talent—for a joke that was added on the fly (and suggested by Sudeikis), Poulter skillfully raps along to TLC's "Waterfalls." Later, he hilariously engages in some mouth-to-mouth with Aniston and Roberts, as his fake mom and fake sister give him lessons in French kissing. This kid's tongue is going places!

4. Tarantula vs. Testicle: If you have a fear of spiders—or if you have a scrotum—be prepared to squirm in your seat. During the Millers' trip to Mexico, a tarantula hitches a ride in their RV, crawls up Kenny's shorts, and bites him in the...well, you know. We get glimpses of the guy's severely swollen sac, though actor Poulter wears a prosthetic attachment for the scene instead of showing his real junk. That would've taken balls.

5. What a Strip Tease: For one particularly saucy scene, Aniston bumps and grinds and even gets soaked in Flashdance style. To prep for her pole-dancing role, the 44-year-old actress worked out every morning and stuck to a regimented diet of greens, vegetables, lean proteins and kale. Lots of kale. Although Aniston never goes the full monty, she flashes plenty of flesh as she peels down to lacy skivvies. Have your dollar bills handy.