Postal

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 8+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

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.

Violence

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.

Sex

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.

Language

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

Consumerism

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 byBigDickMcGraw July 18, 2011

Movie is cheesy, but still a classic

Let me just say that if you think that this movie would teach your kids to go off and set things on fire or shoot people in the streets. You have a hell of a lo... Continue reading
Adult Written byMary Kingser April 18, 2012

Amazing would watch again with family

Brilliant, a spine-tingling fun-filled ride for all of the family!
Teen, 17 years old Written byoctober1985 December 28, 2009
If your kids have played the video game, they will definitely be fine with this film. The game was very morbid and violent, but also fairly smart in terms of so... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byCorporalStubbs November 18, 2011

Cool

Postal dude tries to make wrongs rights

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

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