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Rat (2000)





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In this Irish fable, a man named Hubert Flynn (Pete Postlethwaite) lives in Dublin and takes pride in his indulgence in beer, gambling, and ignoring his patient wife Conchita (Imelda Staunton). One night, after having a few at the local pub, he slowly begins to evolve into a rat, which has an oddly unenchanting effect on his family. His loving daughter Marietta (Kerry Condon) is all for his new transformation, wanting to shower it with love and care, but she is also in the midst of an impending wedding and wonders if his diminutive appearance might not be acceptable. His son Pius (Andrew Lovern) is headed for the religious order and would rather see him dead. Phelim Spratt (David Wilmot), a greedy, ambitious type, moves into Hubert's bedroom and begins to write an novel of the transformation which he hopes will become a major motion picture. Conchita regards it as yet another of her husband's tricks designed to humiliate her, while Uncle Matt (Frank Kelly) has various theories on why the whole occurrence has taken place. Rat was created with the help of the late Jim Henson's animation company and directed by music video pioneer Steve Barron.more
Rating: PG (for language and brief nudity)
Genre: Comedy, Kids & Family
Directed By: ,
Written By: Wesley Burrowes
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 16, 2001
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Frank Kelly
as Uncle Matt
David Wilmot
as Phelim Spratt
Kerry Condon
as Marietta
Ed Byrne
as Rudolph
Niall Toibin
as Father Geraldo
Billie Traynor
as Mrs. Brown
Jer O'Leary
as Third Man
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All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Top Critic

Aims a little too high to be kid-friendly and far too low to be of interest to many grown-ups.

Full Review… | August 4, 2001

While "Rat" offers some boisterous fun, in the end it doesn't add up to much more than paean to family values.

Full Review… | May 23, 2001
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Full Review… | November 24, 2001

Audience Reviews for Rat


Ran a bit long. Was interesting up to a point which I no longer cared.

Marion Ravenwood

Super Reviewer

The Satire and darkly humorous film was so entertaining , I quite forgot there was a Rat involved. The perfomances of all were well thought out , but for me Imelda Staunton's performance was hysterical and believable; as if she does have a rat for a husband. Irish humor again at its best.

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