Movie Review: Flushed Away

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Flushed Away Summary

Roddy St. James is an upper class pampered pet mouse who makes his home in a posh Kensington luxury apartment. While his owners are gone away on holiday, a common sewer rat named Sid spews out of the sink and wants to stay, especially as England are playing against Germany in the World Cup Final. Roddy tries to get rid of Sid by luring him into the toilet, but the latter is not fooled. Instead, Sid pushes Roddy in and flushes down into the sewers.

Roddy finds himself in Ratropolis, a city made out of various bits of junk that resembles London, and meets Rita Malone, an enterprising sewer scavenger rat who works the drains in her faithful boat, the Jammy Dodger. Rita is irritated by Roddy initially but ends up taking him along. Her arch-nemesis the Toad sends his rat henchman, Spike and Whitey, after her for stealing back her father’s prized ruby. The Toad loathes all rodents, and plans to have Roddy and Rita frozen with liquid nitrogen. The pair escape and Rita takes a unique electricity master cable that is required to control Ratropolis’ floodgates.

Roddy discovers that the ruby is a fake and breaks it in front of Rita. Furious, Rita tries to fight and attack Roddy, but eventually calms down and explains that she is only angry because her father (quite-literally) broke every bone in his body trying to obtain it just for her only for her to find out about its worthlessness. Roddy offers Rita a real ruby if she takes him back to Kensington, to which she agrees, and the pair first stop to visit her family before setting off. During Roddy’s stay, he overhears a conversation that causes him to think that Rita is selling him to the Toad, so he reneges on the deal and steals the Jammy Dodger. When Rita catches up to him, she is able to clear up the misunderstanding. The pair evade pursuit from Spike, Whitey, and their accomplices, and incensed at his minions’ repeated failures, the Toad sends for his French cousin, known as Le Frog. It is revealed that the Toad was Prince Charles’ favorite childhood pet until he was abruptly replaced by a pet rat and flushes down a toilet, resulting in his hatred of rodents. Le Frog and his subordinates intercept Roddy and Rita to retrieve the cable, but the duo manages to escape out of the drain and back to Roddy’s apartment, though the Jammy Dodger is destroyed.

Roddy pays Rita the promised ruby and an emerald then shows her around his apartment. She at first believes he has family in the home, but notices his cage and realizes he is a pet. Rita tries to persuade Roddy to come with her, but he is too proud to admit that he is sad and lonely. She leaves, but is soon captured by the Toad. Talking to Sid about half-time, Roddy pieces together the Toad’s plan: to open the gates during halftime of the World Cup, when all the humans will most likely be using their toilets. As a result, a great wave of drainage will form and flood Ratropolis, allowing the Toad to use the depopulated city as a home for his tadpole children. Roddy entrusts Sid with his home and cushy position, and has Sid flush him back to the sewers. He frees Rita, and together they defeat the Toad and his henchman by getting Toad and Le Frog’s tongues stuck to moving gears and freeze the wave of drainage with his liquid nitrogen. Roddy later joins Rita as a first mate of the Jammy Dodger II. As they set off in the new boat, Le Frog and his hench-frogs are seen hitchhiking back to Paris, France. In a mid-credits scene, Roddy’s former human owner Tabitha returns home and brings a new pet cat to surprise him, which scares Sid.

Flushed Away Review

Rating: 1 out of 5.

Honestly a horrible film. the plot stunk (pun intended), the characters weren’t likable or relatable, and its forgettable for a reason.

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