Box art for War, Inc.

War, Inc.

  • Rated R

independent, special interest


In an effort to monopolize the opportunities a war-torn nation offers, a corporation's CEO hires a troubled hit man to kill a Middle East oil minister.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    30%
  • Audience Score
    38%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 15
Consumerism
4 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
4 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
4 out of 5

Capitalism takes a hit in dark, uneven war satire.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that although this film is technically a comedy, it's a dark one, and there's plenty of violence -- including gory fights and assassinations and people (including unarmed civilians) dying in bloody gunfire. Swear words also fly like shrapnel. Former tween star Hilary Duff plays a singer who sells her sexed-up image to the masses, dressing, singing and behaving (in her own words) like a "whore." The film satirizes giant companies that, with Washington D.C. firmly in their pockets, launch and manage an Iraq-style war purely for profit, with a mindless media repeating their lies about "freedom" and making the world a safer place. Soldiers (who are for-hire militia members, rather than U.S. Army troops) are portrayed as violent and drugged-up.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the film's politics. Do you think the filmmakers have a specific political agenda? What's your opinion on the topics they satirize in this movie? Whether you agree or disagree, you can at least discuss the surreal level of the satire. It's the same type of exaggeration found in classic books that a lot of people today mistake for mere fairy tales -- including Gulliver's Travels, The Wizard of Oz, and The Adventures of Pinocchio. What larger messages were those stories conveying within their fantasy adventures?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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    30%
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  • Audience

    38%

Audience Reviews

4 stars

This is our generation's Dr. Strangelove, and like Dr. Strangelove, it isn't as funny now as it could possibly be in a few decades due to the fact that it is too close to painful reality. A must see for all citizens of the world.

- Stinger839, Monday, January 26, 2009

3 stars

In the near future corporations rule the world rather than nation states and disputes are settled by a heavily armed "arbitrator" played by John Cusack. The combination of black comedy and extreme violence and the presence of the Cusacks and Dan Aykroyd will be familiar to anyone who has seen Grosse Point Blank. It's essentially a political satire, Turekistan being an obvious analogy for the events in the middle east; a kind of "Thank You For Smoking Guns". As political satire it has all the subtlety of a scud launcher, some of the physical comedy bordering on Zucker/Abrams territory, but it also has enough smart, witty and well observed dialogue to offend "patriots" everywhere and no doubt get everyone involved on the NSA's shitlist. The leads are all excellent, John and Marisa making a smart and sexy couple, Joan is hilarious as his company sidekick and Aykroyd once again supplies a memorable cameo. I couldn't help thinking it could've been a masterpiece if they'd shown a little more restraint, but the hit and miss comedy is on target far more often than off and it's nice to see an American comedy that's both intelligent and has something to say.

- garyX, Wednesday, June 19, 2013

3 stars

John Cusack returns to Grosse Pointe but this time in iraq i mean turkestan. A funny movie, well acted, but not as good as some of Cusacks other work.

- jmanard52, Monday, November 24, 2008