Wit, singing slugs keep `Flushed Away' afloat

Review B

November 03, 2006|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,Sun Movie Critic

Thank goodness for the singing slugs.

Flushed Away, a tale of pampered versus plucky rats that's the latest effort from the twisted Brit studio that gave us Wallace & Gromit, spends a good bit of its time stuck in comedic neutral - spinning its wheels and debating whether to concentrate on being witty or settle for grade-school-level funny. Fortunately, it shoots more often for the former. When the latter wins out, though, Flushed Away shifts from the sublime to the ordinary, from inventive to pedestrian.

Flushed Away (DreamWorks/Paramount) Voices of Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Ian McKellen, Jean Reno. Directed by David Bowers and Sam Fell. Rated PG. Time 86 minutes.

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