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Flushed Away Review

Movies.com Critics

4.5

Dave White Profile

… it's better than Cars Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    74

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Flushed Away lacks the action-contraption dottiness of a Wallace and Gromit adventure, but it hits its own sweet spot of demented delight.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    This year's wittiest animated adventure saga.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Delicious slapstick, droll wit and terrific characters make Aardman's first venture in CG cartooning a great success.

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  • See all Flushed Away reviews at Metacritic.com

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 5+

Crude but imaginative adventure is flush with fun.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that kids will definitely want to see this animated adventure from the folks behind Wallace and Gromit. Not surprisingly, considering the title, it's got lots of potty humor: The storyline revolves around a rat being flushed down a toilet into a sewer, and there are references to human waste, including one scene in which a character appears to grab a piece of excrement. Lots of cartoon violence, too: Characters fall from high places and are shot at, chased, frozen, electrocuted, yelled at, and threatened. Toad is an evil villain, and Sid is a disgusting character who belches, farts, and is generally crude. On the other hand, Rita is an independent girl who can fend for herself.

  • Families can talk about whether Sid should have flushed Roddy down the toilet. Was that the right thing to do? Was there an alternative solution? How did Roddy make the best of the situation once he was in Ratropolis? Was Rita right when she tried to abandon Roddy when he needed her most? Is a large piece of jewelry worth fighting over?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Sid flushes Roddy down the toilet. Toad hates rodents and wants to flush them out of the sewer (i.e. kill them). Scenes of farting, belching, name-calling, and general rudeness. Rita threatens to abandon Roddy in his hour of need. Toad will do anything to steal a precious jewel belonging to Rita. Reference to "screaming like a girl." Decent message about expanding your horizons and living life to the fullest.

What to watch for
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    Violence and scariness: Roddy takes a wild ride down the toilet, gulping for air (he can't swim). He and Rita flee in her boat from villains while being shot at and threatened. A character gets "zapped" when the toaster he's riding falls into the water. A character falls and lands on a block of cement. Assorted scenes with characters being shot, threatened, yelled at, and electrocuted.

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    Sexy stuff: Roddy accidentally kisses a bride-rat on her wedding day. Females wear tight outfits and shake their behinds. Roddy accidentally pulls down Rita's pants, revealing underwear. Innuendoes between Toad and Rita. References to Roddy being Rita's boyfriend.

  • language false0

    Language: "Get stuffed," "load of old rubbish," "you idiots!"

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Everything in the sewer is cobbled together with assorted parts from name-brand appliances and everything else under the sun.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not applicable

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