We’re the Millers is at the big screens right now, a riotous tale of a fake family attempting to smuggle a large quantity of marijuana across the US/Mexico border.
Small time drug dealer David Clark (Jason Sudeikis) is robbed of his money and stash, meaning that he is still in debt to his supplier. His boss, rich drug baron Brad Gurdlinger (Ed Helms) uses this debt to force David to smuggle drugs in from Mexico to write off the debt. Realising that one man on his own trying to get through customs is likely to attract unwanted attention from the authorities, Clark gathers together a disparate bunch of people to pose as his family – Rose, a stripper (Jennifer Aniston), runaway teenager Casey (Emma Roberts) and his naïve neighbour Kenny (Will Poulter).
It’s laughs aplenty in this new comedy, but if you wanted to see some other films about smuggling, have a look at these more serious movies.
5. Miami Vice
The big screen adaptation of the popular small screen series, Miami Vice starred Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx as Miami-Dade cops James Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs.
While working undercover, Crockett and Tubbs get a phone call from an old informant, Alonzo Stevens (John Hawkes) telling them that he’s skipping town and thinks his wife is in danger, so he asks the detectives to see if she’s OK. However, they are too late and Stevens kills himself when he discovers that his wife’s been killed. Crockett and Tubbs are placed on an undercover detail, investigating drug smuggling by the very same people who murdered Stevens’ wife.
The film was understandably compared to the series and critics disagreed on whether or not it was a good adaptation. In preparation for filming, director Michael Mann sent Farrell along on what he believed were genuine FBI drug busts. It subsequently turned out that they were set ups. Mann had helped create the original series and the film contains a number of little tributes to the show.