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Rat (2000)

A woman becomes furious when her husband arrives home from the local pub and turns into a rat.

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Phelim Spratt
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Pius Flynn
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Veronica Duffy ...
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Dublin deliveryman Hubert Flynn feels peaked. Home from the pub, he lies down; while his nagging wife Conchita looks on, he turns into a rat. She's chafed at how inconsiderate he is: hardly touching his food the next morning and leaving droppings on the good doilies. With curiosity seekers outside the flat and a writer at the door offering to help Conchita turn her story into a book, she calls a family meeting. Her seminary-bound son Pius wants to kill the rat; other family members are ambivalent. They opt to hurl Hubert over the fence of a maggot farm. Christmas approaches; an exorcism is in the cards, and the book becomes the Holy Grail. What of Hubert's conversion? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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rat | book | pub | writer | maggot | See All (130) »

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He might eat maggots and live in a cage but he's still our Dad


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Rated PG for language and brief nudity | See all certifications »
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6 October 2000 (Ireland)  »

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Esse Rato É um Espanto  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$1,815, 29 April 2001, Limited Release

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$2,501, 6 May 2001
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[first lines]
Hubert: Seventy years ago, me grandfather, Hubert Flynn Foster, set out from his home in the County Wexford, and joining north over the hills and valleys of Whitlock, until he came to Dublin City.
Hubert: I remember once, when I was a chiseler, he caught me whittlin' up against the wall. And he told me if I behaved like a dog, I might turn into a dog. And then he was off on one of his old yarns about people he knew that turned into goats and weasels. Of course we ran afoul, he said, of more than ...
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The Hucklebuck
Written by Andy Gibson & Roy Alfred
Performed by Coast To Coast
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Black comedy that delivers the laughs .......
28 January 2010 | by See all my reviews

First, "Rat" gets extra points for a very original screenplay. The fine acting is what carries this unique comedy, because the only way "Rat" works is if the characters come across as dead serious, which they do. Any decent into slapstick would have been disastrous. Another plus is the unique camera angles giving a rat's point of view. Different reactions of the various family members, to what is obviously a highly unusual situation, fuels this dark comedy. In order for a black comedy to work, it must be outrageous, not mean spirited, and deadly serious, and "Rat succeeds on all counts. I liked this clever and highly original comedy. - MERK


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