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as Uncle Matt
as Phelim Spratt
as Father Geraldo
as Mrs. Brown
as Third Man
Critic Reviews for Rat
"Rat" is an absurdist yarn that eventually outstays its welcome despite magnificent work by Imelda Staunton (vile Professor Umbridge in the Harry Potter films).
Aims a little too high to be kid-friendly and far too low to be of interest to many grown-ups.
Audience Reviews for Rat
I doubt I'd have much to say about this film other than it was fairly innocent and inoffensive. It's certainly not perfect and the humor is certainly inconsistent. Inconsistent in the sense that it tries to be like The Muppets, where kid-friendly humor gives way to darker, more adult-oriented humor, ironically the Jim Henson Company did some creature work in this film, but it doesn't really work as well as it does in The Muppets. But there are some funny moments, it's just that the two types of humor don't really mesh well together in the final product. The story is predictable, most of the family is overcome by greed when they see how much money they can make off of Hubert's story and they make decisions they normally wouldn't have made otherwise if it wasn't for Phelim egging them on so he could get a better story, while selling them bullshit that the book itself would be a positive portrayal of the family. I found that the story itself was a little too perfectly resolved. And it sure takes a lot of bollocks for the guiltiest of those in the family to be upset at Phelim for writing down the truth in the book. Yes, he certainly had a hand in manipulating the events, but any one of them could've protested and refused to do what was suggested by Phelim. In many ways, they were just as bad, even in being manipulated, as Phelim himself. So it's really hard to buy all the outrage from the family, except Marietta, who was the only one who cared for Hubert, when all that was written about them was 100% true. If he embellished certain aspects, or just flat out lied, that'd be one thing, but he told the truth. So that was poorly written, at least in my opinion. Another thing that I found odd was how everybody in the town seemed to take it for a fact that Hubert had, in fact, turned into a rat. Maybe they were playing along with the family to get a laugh at their expense, but it really wasn't played up that way. That was a little goofy, but I was fine with that, it was actually one of the better parts of the film. The absurdity behind the idea certainly helped. Not a bad film at all, it's an average with a nice message, but it's definitely a flawed film. A good cast keeps it from being much worse.
Ran a bit long. Was interesting up to a point which I no longer cared.
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