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THE MULE

 
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At Theaters: 12/14/2018 On Video: 4/2/2019
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 56 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 601299
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
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A 90-year-old horticulturist and WWII veteran is caught transporting $3 million worth of cocaine through Michigan for a Mexican drug cartel.
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Crime Drama Mystery - This Clint Eastwood-directed and -starring film is a lot lighter than the trailers and marketing suggest though it does deal with some heavy subject matter. Fans of the many other familiar stars in the cast such as Bradley Cooper and Andy Garcia will be disappointed by their limited screen time. Sexual situations, violence, language, and generally adult subject matter make the film not for kids.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Bradley Cooper A STAR IS BORN, WAR DOGS, JOY, BURNT, ALOHA
Clint Eastwood TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE, GRAN TORINO
Director: Clint Eastwood SULLY
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About The Production
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 25 F-words; 21 S-words; 2 GD's; many others.
SEX/NUDITY: Brief sex with related nudity.
VIOLENCE: A bloody shooting.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent alcohol.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: Comic lines and situations, mostly about old age.
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Roger Ebert Full Review
Average Eastwood's direction is elegant and efficient, as ever. But the script...doesn't give its gifted actors much to work with—and that includes the icon at the film's center. ..."The Mule” repeatedly spells out and hammers home its message about the importance of family, but it ultimately rings hollow.

NY Post Full Review
Poor ...an epic debacle. The embarrassing drama — offensive, clunky, poorly written — sullies Eastwood's storied legacy, and makes great actors such as Bradley Cooper and Dianne Wiest come off like amateurs.

Slant Magazine Full Review
Above Average Earl's decision to recommit to family seriously risks his personal gratification and well-being, and the film finally ends up souring its perspective on responsibility with a hardened take on the limits of the American dream...

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 114 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
3
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
1
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
6
Fairly High
83%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
4
High
100%
30+Adults (M)
51
High
96%
30+Adults (F)
49
High
98%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 114 moviegoers:
TEENS: Great reviews from the few teen reviewers. They all loved "The Mule."
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: The male reviews are quite mixed. One loved it, three enjoyed it very much, one rated it "good/average" and one actually disliked it. The four females all either loved "The Mule" or enjoyed it very much.
ADULTS: For both the males and females, these are very good reviews. Approximately 60% loved "The Mule." Another 20% to 30% indicated that they enjoyed it very much. About 15% to 20% rated it slightly low with a "good/average" review (enjoyable but nothing special or memorable).


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Earl Stone is a man in his 80s who is broke, alone, and facing foreclosure of his business when he is offered a job that simply requires him to drive. Easy enough, but, unbeknownst to Earl, he's just signed on as a drug courier for the cartel. He does well-so well, in fact, that his cargo increases exponentially, and Earl is assigned a handler. But he isn't the only one keeping tabs on Earl; the mysterious new drug mule has also hit the radar of hard-charging DEA agent Colin Bates. And even as his money problems become a thing of the past, Earl's past mistakes start to weigh heavily on him, and it's uncertain if he'll have time to right those wrongs before law enforcement, or the cartel's enforcers, catch up to him.
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