Movie review by
James Rocchi, Common Sense Media
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Over-the-top satire is unfunny, unformed, and unnecessary.
  • R
  • 2008
  • 102 minutes

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 6 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Stereotypical "comedic" portrayals of Islamic characters, obese characters, "white trash," "retards," religious cults, Asian characters, African-American characters, German characters, religious fanaticism, and more. Theft of private property. Discussions of biological warfare terror attacks. Police are depicted as brutal, corrupt thugs. A constant stream of "edgy" material that's clearly meant to be satirical, but lacking any real intent or intelligence behind it. "Comedic" use of Nazi iconography.


Depictions of shootings, fighting, brutality, and violence; a "comedic" re-enactment of the 9/11 attacks. "Comedic" depictions of suicide bombing. Blood and gore. Multiple depictions of murder, including the bodies of children. Gunplay. Explosions.


Discussions of sex, sexual acts, and sexual slang, as well as vulgar language; a major plot point revolves around a penis-shaped plush toy. Discussions of the virgins promised to Islamic martyrs. Male and female full-frontal nudity -- including naked breasts; depictions of sex acts, including oral sex.


Constant foul language, including 'f--k," "s--t," "p---y," "damn," "c--ksucking," "motherf---ing," "ass," "a--hole," and much, much more.


Mentions of brands like eBay. Discussions of consumerism.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Marijuana is smoked; drug-smoking paraphernalia is seen; cigarette smoking; alcohol is consumed.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this film is deliberately crafted to push buttons with "edgy" material; regrettably, the ham-fisted level of execution means that the metaphorical buttons are not so much pushed as smashed to oblivion. An endless series of sexually charged, racially insensitive, and brutally violent "jokes" makes this movie as uncomfortable as it is unnecessary. It lacks the point of view or coherence that might make it enjoyable, or even interesting.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySususAmogus1488 May 27, 2021

They gotta learn someday

Why not start them learning early about shit lmfao
Adult Written byFortniteplayer96 April 21, 2020

It made my child shake violently

think it was since he laughed but i dont care.
Teen, 13 years old Written bythatonespymain May 12, 2021
Teen, 14 years old Written byTheApparentSnicker June 13, 2019

Possibly the funniest movie i've ever watched!

This movie is great! The movie stars Zack Ward as the Postal Dude, a seemingly-normal guy trying to fight his way from terroists, the president, and others.

What's the story?

In the miserable town of Paradise, the Dude (Zack Ward) is without work, without happiness, without any chance of advancement. His charlatan uncle Dave (Dave Foley) convinces the Dude to hijack a shipment of that year's hot toy, a penis-shaped stuffed toy. What the Dude and Dave do not know is that Osama Bin Laden and his terrorist followers plan to use the dolls to distribute a biowarfare agent to wipe out America; soon the Dude is pursued by every side of the law as he's trying to stay alive.

Is it any good?

POSTAL may be trying to shoot for the anything-goes lunacy of the South Park cartoons, but it lacks the intrinsic good-heartedness of the South Park franchise. Postal may also be trying for the social satire of the sharp, savvy Borat or the fierce Fight Club, but the execution is so clumsy and dim that the bluntness of the 'comedy' is far duller than any satirical edge Boll might imagine he's bringing to the material.

Director Uwe Boll is best-known for adapting video games into bad, but profitable, films; Boll's take on the video game Postal -- which, as a game, followed a deranged postal employee as he went on a killing spree -- is a slapdash satire that feels overstuffed and yet thin, shallow in execution but deeply offensive.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Parents can talk about the balancing act inherent in over-the-top satire: What makes one like Blazing Saddles a classic, while this movie simply feels tired and cheap?

  • Discuss the film's repeated 9/11 jokes; are there some things you can't turn into comedy?

  • The director has a reputation for bad-but-moneymaking movies; does his ineptitude matter if his films turn a profit?

Movie details

  • In theaters: May 23, 2008
  • On DVD or streaming: August 28, 2008
  • Cast: Dave Foley, J.K. Simmons, Zack Ward
  • Director: Uwe Boll
  • Studio: Vivendi
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 102 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: extremely crude humor throughout, including strong sexuality, graphic nudity, violence, and for pervasive language
  • Last updated: March 14, 2020

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