ISBN 13: 9780783259918


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9780783259918: Rat

Hubert Flynn (Pete Postlethwaite, Amistad, The Lost World: Jurassic Park) enjoys the three loves in his life: his nightly beer at the local bar, betting on the horses and his eccentric wife Conchita (Imelda Staunton, Shakespeare In Love, Sense and Sensibility) - in that order. So when he comes home one night and turns into a rat, Conchita is not so quick to forgive. When a local reporter offers to write a book on the family's plight, Conchita seizes the opportunity to cash in on her experience as the wife of a rat, and therein begins the family's struggle between the love of money and the love of their father. Coping with their new family life creates many hair-raising adventures for poor Hubert - being banished to a farm, thrown into a washing machine, locked in a refrigerator - and it isn't long before they all begin to long for the good old days, no matter how bad they were! Rat is filled with hilarity that will make you want to smile and say, "Cheese!"

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When hard-drinking Hubert Flynn comes home late and bedraggled for the umpteenth time, he wakes up transformed into the rat he truly is. But the movie Rat takes this event in stride; Flynn's family is upset and surprised, but somehow they recognize the appropriateness of this turn of events--Flynn's wife Conchita (Imelda Staunton from Shakespeare in Love, Sense and Sensibility, and Antonia and Jane) even takes a smug satisfaction in her husband's fate. When a writer arrives and offers to help Conchita write a bestselling book about this odd turn of events, she seizes on the opportunity to squeeze something positive from the man who's made her so miserable--and in the process, becomes a bit of a rat herself. Rat takes a little while to establish its comic tone, but once it settles into a kind of Irish magic realism, the deadpan reactions become strikingly funny. For example, when Conchita takes the rat to visit Flynn's favorite tavern, one barfly blithely comments, "Still, all things considered, he's not looking so bad." Pete Postlethwaite (In the Name of the Father, The Usual Suspects) plays Flynn in his brief time as a nonrat. All the performances are excellent; particularly charming is Kerry Condon as Flynn's daughter, who desperately tries to preserve some sense of dignity for her altered dad. With its whimsical humor and sardonic streak, Rat is no doubt destined to become a cult favorite. Fans of Monty Python will appreciate the movie's sly verbal wit. --Bret Fetzer

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