Flushed Away - Review

By
Real Estate Sales Representative with Prudential Douglas Elliman Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

The story in "Flushed Away" is simple and not particularly original, but it's told cleverly (with a screenplay by five writers and direction by animation veterans David Bowers and Sam Fell), with daffy British humor, split-second sight gags and smart dialogue.

Roddy (voice of Hugh Jackman), a pet mouse in an upscale London apartment has his life interrupted by the arrival of a sewer rat named Sid. Adding to his vexation: While trying to flush Sid down the toilet, Roddy gets himself flushed instead. I guess if it isn't one thing, it's another, when you're a pet mouse.

The upper-class Roddy now finds himself mingling with the common mouse, rat, and other subterranean creatures in an underground city built specifically for mouse-sized animals and made from trash and debris cast away by the humans. He wants only to get back to his home in Kensington, of course, but he must rely on a mouse named Rita, an adventuresome mercenary who pilots a boat through the sewers, to help him.

This being a characteristically British film, there are digs at the French (who are quite literally frogs) and at the Americans (one of whom is shown insisting that his British hosts know nothing about football) - but most of all there are endless affectionate swipes at the British themselves, and at that old English obsession, class.

It's is the classic fish out of water story, or rather, posh rat discovering his roots. I enjoyed this flick with my kids... they loved it!

 

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Comments (4)

Chris Fisher
Your Virtual Assistant - Concord, CA

Sounds cute, Vincent.  I'm sure Rhiannon's already seen it with my dad, but I'll netflix it anyway.

May 26, 2008 08:35 AM
Vicente A. Martinez
Prudential Douglas Elliman Licensed Real Estate Salesperson - Woodhaven, NY
Realtor, Brooklyn - Long Island - Queens Homes

Chris- I'm sure Rhiannon wouldn't mind seen it again. You might like it also.

May 26, 2008 01:11 PM
Rich Dansereau
Positive Real Estate Professionals - Knoxville, TN

Sounds like it might be a good one for the young ones!

May 27, 2008 04:25 PM
Vicente A. Martinez
Prudential Douglas Elliman Licensed Real Estate Salesperson - Woodhaven, NY
Realtor, Brooklyn - Long Island - Queens Homes

Rich- It's agreat one for the young ones.

May 29, 2008 04:36 AM