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July 3, 2007 > Movie Review: Ratatouille

Movie Review: Ratatouille

By Mona Shah

Opening this weekend is an animated adventure story about a rat, yes, a rat. Both adults and kids will enjoy the tale (pun intended) of Remy who dreams of becoming a great chef despite his family's wishes and the obvious problem of being a rat in a decidedly rodent-phobic profession. When fate places Remy in the city of Paris, he finds himself ideally situated beneath a restaurant made famous by his culinary hero, Auguste Gusteau. Despite the apparent dangers of being an unwanted visitor in the kitchen at one of Paris' most exclusive restaurants, Remy forms an unlikely partnership with Linguini, the garbage boy, who inadvertently discovers Remy's amazing talents. It's up to the two of them to avoid the insane head chef, bring the rest of Remy's family up to his standards, win his partner a girl, and, of course, produce the finest Ratatouille in all of France.

Director Brad Bird ("The Incredibles") and the storytellers at Pixar Animation Studios ("Cars," "Finding Nemo") take you into an entirely new and original world where the unthinkable combination of a rat and a 5-star gourmet restaurant come together for the ultimate fish-out-of-water tale. Great care has been taken to ensure that the restaurant representations are authentic. Food lovers are sure to enjoy the scenes in the kitchen. The animation is superb, specially the scenes of Paris at night.

Plain and simple, "Ratatouille" is a winner.

Rated: G

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