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.
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.
Roger EbertFull 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 PostFull 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 MagazineFull 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...
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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).
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.