Postman Pat: The Movie

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Cute British adventure has positive messages, scary robots.
  • NR
  • 2014
  • 88 minutes

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

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

Educational value

The movie is intended to entertain rather than educate, but there are positive social lessons related to friendship and family.

Positive messages

Messages about family, friendship, and courtesy: One is that people and human interaction mean more than machine-made efficiency and another is that personal relationships are more important than fame or fortune.

Positive role models & representations

Pat is a wonderful postman in his little town, where everyone respects and looks up to him. He's a kind and generous husband and father who just wants to earn enough money to take his wife on a proper, much-belated honeymoon vacation. Sara and Julian are supportive and loving to Pat. Everyone in the town is courteous and compassionate -- until the robot Pats start acting strangely.

Violence & scariness

The robot Postman Pats have scary-looking, laser eyes, act rudely toward postal customers, nearly run over people, and are programmed to take over the world. They may terrify sensitive or younger kids.

Sexy stuff

The "You're the One" show is clearly a nod to X Factor or Idol-type talent shows. There are products/merchandise associated with Postman Pat, though more in the United Kingdom than in the United States.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Postman Pat: The Movie is a feature-length film based on the popular British preschool show Postman Pat. The movie, like the show, promotes emotional development, friendship, and community bonds, as well as the idea that close personal friendships are more important than fame and fortune. Preschoolers will be encouraged to participate in their community, acknowledge public servants, and be kind and courteous to others. Older kids may recognize the similarity between the reality show in the movie and talent series like X Factor and American Idol. Most of the movie is fine for kids but there are some frightening robots with scary red laser eyes that act rudely toward postal customers, nearly run over people, and are programmed to take over the world.

User Reviews

Parent of a 3 and 7 year old Written bygudrunvald October 11, 2014

Terrible in every way!

The story of Postman Pat was a favorite of mine, but this movie is nothing like the tv shows or the books. It is all about American Idol, evil mastermind trying... Continue reading
Parent of an infant and 4 year old Written byclairem1 October 3, 2014

my 4yr old was scared to be alone after watching this - PARENTS BEWARE!

This started off looking like the cute film we expected, but soon turned into what can only be described as a horror! Our 4yr old begged us to take him out of t... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old July 5, 2014

Near death

Parents need to know that Postman pat falls off a building and almost dies,he is saved by a wire hanging on the building.

What's the story?

POSTMAN PAT: THE MOVIE follows the lovable Pat Clifton (voiced by Stephen Mangan) on a feature-length adventure that takes him from his small village of Greendale to the big city of London. Pat promises his wife, Sara (Susan Duerden), that they'll use his annual bonus for a belated honeymoon, but his plans are foiled when budget cuts mean no bonuses for anyone. Desperate to still make Sara's dreams come true, Pat tries out for the reality talent show You're the One, hosted by the overly critical Simon Cowbell (Robin Atkin Downes, doing a Simon Cowell impression). As Pat faces tough singing competition from handsome singer Josh (Rupert Grint), a Draco Malfoy-esque exec uses the opportunity to release a robot postman prototype (a Pat replica) in Greendale.

Is it any good?

Little kids familiar with the appealing Postman Pat series will enjoy spending more time with the inhabitants of the small village of Greendale. They'll have fun cheering Pat on as he competes in the You're the One competition (Pat's singing voice is Irish singer-songwriter Ronan Keating). Adults will appreciate some of the parent-friendly humor, the Cowell impression, and the performances by Grint and David Tennant, who plays Josh's fame-hungry dad/manager.

Although the computer-generated animation isn't nearly on par with big-budget animated features by Blue Sky or Pixar, Postman Pat: The Movie is still a sweet, charming story about what happens when you start prioritizing fame or efficiency above relationships and human connection, respectively. And the earnest humor makes this British import a lot of fun to watch with little ones.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Postman Pat changes throughout the movie and why he loses sight of what he initially set out to do. What are we supposed to learn from Pat's experiences?

  • Why didn't the town like the robot postmen? How is the real Pat irreplaceable?

  • Does the movie make you more interested in the Postman Pat show?

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