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Flushed Away


Source: Catholic News Service

Frolicsome computer-animated tale about an urbane pet mouse (voiced by Hugh Jackman) whose cushy lifestyle is turned topsy-turvy when he's flushed down a toilet and into the bustling underground world of London's sewer system where he teams with a spunky rat (Kate Winslet) to foil the doomsday plot of a frog kingpin (Ian McKellen) who wants to exterminate the sewers' rodent population. Co-directors David Bowers and Sam Fell combine zippy animation, a simple but smartly entertaining script and topnotch voice talent to delightfully zany effect, while imparting a warm message about the importance of friendship and family. Some mildly rude humor and language and cartoon action violence. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG -- parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.

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