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
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
4 out of 5
Consumerism
4 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
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®

  • Tomatometer®

    30%
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  • Audience

    38%

Audience Reviews

2 stars

it was Grosse Point with out the plot.

- theylovealexis, Thursday, July 8, 2010

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

1 star

I like political satire when it's actually funny. This cross between Wag the Dog and Airplane falls on its ass terribly. This is pretty much propaganda to make you feel guilty about drinking Coke and worshiping Hollywood whores. The publicity with this film tries to rekindle the memories of Cusack's Grosse Point Blank, since he's playing a hitman again. Sadly, this film is no Grosse Point Blank. It's not even Point Break.

- sononothing, Sunday, October 26, 2008