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The Mule

The Mule
The Mule
The Mule
  • R
  • 1h 56m
  • 2018
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Eastwood stars as Earl Stone, 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 a Mexican 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.
© 2018 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., Imperative Entertainment, LLC and BRON Creative USA, Corp.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: A flawed yet enjoyable late-period Eastwood entry, The Mule stubbornly retains its footing despite a few missteps on its occasionally unpredictable path.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Eastwood's mature drug-mule drama boasts expert filmmaking.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Mule stars Clint Eastwood (who also directs) as a 90-year-old man who becomes a drug mule for a Mexican cartel. Drugs are shown, but the business of drugs and drug dealing -- as well as drug use and addiction -- is mostly avoided. Characters do drink socially and smoke cigars. One character is shot and killed, with a blood stain shown; a character dies of cancer. People are briefly beaten or roughed up, and there are threats, shouts, and arguments. Bloody wounds are seen. The main character kisses and is seduced by two women, twice, in two different scenes. A topless woman is shown. Language is quite strong and includes uses of "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," racial slurs, and more. There are also a few moments of cultural insensitivity and women being objectified. But Eastwood is still at the height of his skill, and the movie is quite entertaining.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Thriller
  • Release Date:December 14, 2018
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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