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Make the plunge into 'Flushed Away'

November 07, 2006|by HANNAH TUSSING

Review

Why on earth would I want to see a movie about rats living in a sewer?

I saw "Flushed Away" over the weekend. I had some doubts about how I would like it, yet I found myself laughing out loud at some parts. I almost forgot I was watching a movie about sewer rats.

"Flushed Away," because it's an animated movie, might not make your must-see list. But don't let the animation keep you away. This movie is fast-paced, well-written and hilarious.

A rich rat named Roddy is flushed down the toilet, and into a world he never knew existed. A whole New York City for rats. Here, he meets up with Rita, a poor scavenger rat. He makes a deal with her; he'll give her a priceless ruby (from his owner's collection) if she takes him back to his home. This seems simple, but the two run into more trouble then they can possibly imagine.

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This movie also gives a positive message. Roddy is rich and has anything money can buy. Rita, on the other hand, is poor and has almost nothing. She, however, has one thing that Roddy doesn't have: a loving family, something money can't buy.

Roddy wonders if something is missing form his pampered life. Add a crazed toad with an evil plan, singing slugs and French ninja frogs and you have a formula for one of the funniest, wackiest animated films this year.

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