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Postal

MPAA Rating: R extremely crude humor throughout, including strong sexuality, graphic nudity, violence and for pervasive language and some drug use

Reviewed by: Christopher Walker
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Extremely Offensive
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Primary Audience:
Adults, Teens
Genre:
Satire, Action, Comedy, Horror
Length:
1 hr. 41 min.
Year of Release:
2008
USA Release:
May 23, 2008 (1,000 theaters)
DVD release: August 26, 2008
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Every time you buy a movie ticket or rent a video you are casting a vote telling Hollywood “That’s what I want.” Why does Hollywood continue to promote immoral programming? Are YOU part of the problem, or part of the solution?

Featuring: Zack Ward, Dave Foley, Chris Coppola, Michael Benyaer, Jackie Tohn, Erick Avari, Ralf Moeller, Chris Spencer, Seymour Cassel, David Huddleston, Verne Troyer, Uwe Boll, Vince Desiderio, Larry Thomas, Michaela Mann, Lorielle New, Holly Eglington, Lucie Guest, J.K. Simmons, Brent Mendenhall
Director: Uwe Boll
In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale,” “BloodRayne,” “Alone in the Dark
Producer: Uwe Boll, Dan Clarke, Jonathan Shore, Shawn Williamson
Distributor: Event Films

“Some comedies go too far… others start there.”

The tagline for “Postal” states that “Some comedies go to far… others start there”. That probably rings true as it is was one of the mot controversial computer games ever made, and now it is a controversial movie made by controversial director Uwe Boll. I don't know why it was made, but it is was meant to be disgusting, shocking, revolting, sick, twisted, and hilarious all at the same time. Boll succeeded, but the result is a mixed bag that you will have to see and decide for yourself (if you wish to view it, as it should come with a warning on the box).

The main character in the movie is named, uh, Dude (Zack Ward) and this dude lives in a trailer with his mobidly-obese/foul-mothed/sex-crazed wife. He is trying to get a job, but is humiliated everywhere he goes. Everyday he gets coffee and sometimes hangs out with his Uncle Dave (Dave Foley), who is the leader of a Scientology-like cult called D.O.O.M. (Denomination of Organic Monotheism) who tries to lure Dave back by helping him steal loads of dolls. However, that is also the same plan of Al-Quaeda, only their plan involves something more sinister: stuff them with vials of avian bird flu, distributing them all over the world. Dubbed the Postal Dud by the neighborhood, he teams up with a local barista (Jackie Tohn) and stop plans for world domination, and getting revenge on anyone who gets in his way.

“Postal” had some great comical moments that may be disturbing for some: people may find it offensive as Boll spoofs the events of September 11 in the movie’s opening minutes. It should be no surprise that Uwe Boll spoofs his own image in the movie (such as the Internet claim that he finances his movies with “Nazi Gold” and the answer to why he “destroys” video game-adaptations). It’s a huge step up from his previous efforts (anything by him can hopefully be better than “Alone in the Dark” or “House of the Dead”), but don’t expect for me to stand up and call it a masterpiece just yet. Unlike his other films, I am giving this one the benefit of the doubt. There are some things that worked: the Osama bin Laden/George Bush impersonators are another thing that worked, as I leave the rest for you if you desire to see what other conniving ideas and tricks that Boll has up his sleeves.

Christians, take head, for when I say the movie is offensive. It IS offensive. Nobody is off limits, and nothing is sacred. So if you wanna watch, watch it at you own risk.

Violence: Heavy / Profanity: Heavy / Sex/Nudity: Extreme

Not recommended


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Movie Critics
…so much bloody violence… How very un-PC… Uwe Boll doesn't make art. He makes what could be considered its antithesis: Purposefully violent and vulgar filmed adventures that force the viewer to question the value, and purpose, of human expression. …
—Katherine Monk, Canwest News Service
…In the gloriously bloody travesty that is Postal, director Uwe Boll tries to shake us into accepting his film as something very shocking. Carcasses litter the streets like cigarette butts; oral sex is dispensed as casually as a handshake; and, oh, the poop jokes. Boll is labouring under the mistaken belief, though, that shock derives from the absence of restraint. In fact, we are shocked when restraint is intelligently negotiated. What Boll gives us, instead, is a boring beating over the head. …
—Michael Harris, The Globe and Mail
…Sometimes bad taste is just bad taste… a comedy that's severely abrasive and unfunny…
—Matt Pais, Chicago Tribune
…Being intentionally offensive and occasionally funny in its gonzo ‘Naked Gun’-style tactics, ‘Postal’ strikes me as marginally superior to Morgan Spurlock's merely boneheaded ‘Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden?’ But that's like saying Moe is smarter than Curly. …
—Kyle Smith, New York Post
…‘Postal’ goes from offensive 9/11 comedy (window washers on the WTC) to trailer-park crudity and back with no rhyme or reason. …
—Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York