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Starring: Patton Oswalt, Brian Dennehy, Brad Garrett, Janeane Garofalo, John Ratzenberger
MPAA Rated: G
Released By: Pixar & Disney
Web Site:
Kiddie Movie: Of course, but they might be bored. Mine were.
Date Movie: Can’t hurt.
Gratuitous Sex: It’s fucking Disney, what do you think?
Gratuitous Violence: There is some shot gun play where and old lady is trying to take out the rats that scared my littlest (3yrs) one.
Action: Rat sewer surfing.
Laughs: Some.
Memorable Scene: Ahhh… Hmm… Nope.
Memorable Quote: See memorable scene.
Directed By: Brad Bird
Produced By: Brad Lewis

A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - G

It's 1:50 Long

A Review by
Stu Gotz
Disney/Pixar is at it again with the release of the animated feature length movie "Ratatouille." Unlike past collaborations, this movie does not have you suspend reality in believing that toys have a will of their own (how creepy is that), fish miss their children, or that cars can fall in love. This movie will have you believing that rats have a sense of taste, and that they can cook better than the greatest chefs in France. Hmm…

The story is a simple one of passion, love, and deceit. Remy the Rat has a passion for fine food and loves watching daytime TV cooking shows. Linguini is a down and out kid looking for a job in Paris. As fate would have it the two of them cross paths in the kitchen of the once famous, but now on the outs, Café Gusteau. This is where Linguini learns he can’t cook, but Remy discovers that he is an inspired great chef. Too bad Remy's a rat and can’t pursue his talent, right? Wrong. In a sort of Cyrano type tale, Remy and Linguini join forces in an act that makes it appear as though Linguini is an inspired chef. This leads to conflict, love, and intrigue. Conflict in that the cooking duo begin to form a resentment for each other. Love is discovered by Linguini and his fellow cook, Colette. Lastly, this movie has intrigue in that the new head chef, Skinner, discovers Linguini is the heir to the great Chef Gusteau and tries to hide the fact. The movie is quite contrived and predictable, but it’s an animated feature so should I have lower standards and expect less of a story from an animated feature. I think not.

Look, I’m all for suspending disbelief and getting into a good story even if it is a story I’ve seen before. The movie "Toy Story" wowed me with its look, and I felt for the characters. I personally own and like to watch "Finding Nemo" with my kids. But… "Ratatouille"… Well… It’s a story that has been done and as for its characters, well, I could really care less. Do you remember the first time Buzz flew in "Toy Story"? Can you recall being scared by the viper fish in "Finding Nemo"? I can recall those scenes as well as many others from those movies and that is the kind of stuff that made those movies great - Lots of memorable scenes. Ask me to recall a memorable scene from "Ratatouille" and I go blank.

I really think this movie is a miss for the Disney/Pixar partnership. It will make money and every kid out there will see it. It’s a safe movie to take the kids to and parents won’t be too bored, and that, perhaps, is the movie's only saving grace. In a day and age of violent video games and movies, this movie is safe. But it’s still a miss because it is not memorable even in the smallest sense.

I give Ratatouille 2 of 5 stars. If you have kids you know you’re gonna see it, but be warned that your time and money are better spent elsewhere.  BTW… Tell Grandma not to buy the DVD for the kids unless you need a new coaster.

I'm Stu Gotz. 'nuff said.


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