The Mule

Nobody Runs Forever.


The Mule
An 88-year-old horticulturist and Korean War veteran is facing financial ruin and is also estranged from his family. Desperate for money, he becomes a “mule” transporting cocaine from El Paso to Chicago. He tries to do good with his ill gotten money, renovating his VFW Post and paying for his grand-daughter’s wedding. He manages to make peace with his ex-wife before her death, but the DEA and the drug cartel are closing in on him...

116 minutes.
No persons under 16 (Language, Sex, Violence, Prejudice, Drug abuse).
Crime, Detective/Mystery, Drama, Thriller, On the art circuit

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Credits

Cast
Clint Eastwood, Bradley Cooper, Taissa Farmiga, Alison Eastwood, Michael Peña, Andy Garcia, Laurence Fishburne
Director
Clint Eastwood
ScreenplayNick Schenk, from the article by Sam Dolnick
MusicArturo Sandoval
CinematographyYves Bélanger
EditingJoel Cox
Sound formatsUnknown
SoundtrackNot available
Made in2018
Produced byWarner Bros., Imperative Entertainment, Bron Creative, The Malpaso Company, BRON Studios

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreDrama
LanguageFrequent and strong in impact language is consistent throughout. It is partly the contect of the mafia bosses, drug cartel lifestyle, and used in a demeaning manner. It is also used as a manner of speech with no consequences. This is not suitable for children who may feel that it is a glorifed way of speech and try to emulate it.
NudityInfrequent and Low impact Nudity is recognised and noted in this production. It is isolated and linked to the SRA consumer element and therefore not acceptable for younger children as it may pre-expose them to adult sexually related activities.
SexNone (sic)
ViolenceFairly Frequent and Moderate Violence is treated sensitively and is necessary for plot and character develpment withint the cartel gang genre. This production does not overload Violence, the action is more character driven, but it is nevertheless not suitable for younger children as there is blood-letting and abuse and they might find it disturbing, distressing and inappropriate for them.
PrejudiceFairly Frequent and Moderate in impact. Prejudice is shown in white and black realities with certain terminology used. It is treated sensitively; it is seen in class distinction with corrupt and abusive people in power treating those underneath them with impunity; and it is shown with ageist realities, how the elders are treated in society by some. This is not suitable for children who may try to emulate it as these qualities are not appropriate in a tolerant society.
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseNone (sic)
CommentsNeedless to say that this film involves gang violence, mafia bosses, a dysfunctional family, disgruntled ex-spouses, but depicted in a sensitive, colourful, interesting way which is specific to Clint Eastwood's style of direction. This has a Moderate impact with some elements having a strong impact and is not suitable for children who are impressionable and might see some of these elements as being 'cool' or elements that they might wish to try and emulate.
These details are supplied by the FPB. If you have a problem with any of the above, please take it up directly with the FPB. Read the Classification Guidelines.

ScreenIt Report (USA)

Sex / Nudity
5
Violence
4
Blood / Gore / Gross
3
Guns / Weapons
5
Profanity
5
Alcohol / Drugs
4
Smoking
2
Disrespectful / Bad Attitude
5
Imitative Behaviour
4
Frightening / Tense Scenes
4
Jump Scenes
1
Tense Family Scenes
5
Music (Scary/Tense)
2
Music (Inappropriate)
2
Topics to talk about
4

CommonSenseMedia Report (USA)

Suggested age limit
16 +
Positive messages
3
Positive role models
1
Violence
3
Sex
4
Language
4
Consumerism
1
Drinking, drugs, smoking
3

Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Orielle Berry quote iconDon't get any ideas, pensioners.
10
Die Burger
Karla Janse van Vuuren quote iconOud maar nie koud.
10
24.com
Associated Press quote iconAs it is, it’s just about passable but with a sharper script and less staid direction, the Mule may well have been something worthwhile; something more than a footnote in the long and varied oeuvre of one of Hollywood’s most celebrated actor/directors.
10
ScreenIt
Jim Judy quote iconAlas, the poor qualities outweigh the decent to good ones and thus The Mule might prove it’s time for Eastwood (now in his 63rd year in showbiz) -- who also helmed the flat The 15:17 to Paris earlier this year -- to think about hanging up the directing and maybe even acting gigs.
8
Metacritic.com
33 critics
12
Rottentomatoes critics
92 critics
12
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconA flawed yet enjoyable late-period Eastwood entry, The Mule stubbornly retains its footing despite a few missteps on its occasionally unpredictable path.
13
Movie Review Query Engine
MRQE critics quote icon
12
CommonSenseMedia
Jeffrey M. Anderson quote iconEastwood’s mature drug-mule drama boasts expert filmmaking.
15

What the People say

Metacritic.com users
26 users
15
Rottentomatoes users
1179 users
13
IMDB
4356 Netizens
14
The Movie DB
Community
14

Average .. 61%

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