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Flushed Away | 2006 | PG | - 1.3.2

Animated feature about a British mouse that's flushed down the toilet of his posh Kensington home and discovers a whole city in the London sewer system, populated mostly by rodents. While trying to return to his pampered existence, he falls in love, discovers the joys of companionship and become a hero. With the voices of Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis and Bill Nighy. Directed by Sam Fell & David Bowers. [1:24]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A male mouse kisses a rat bride on the mouth, by accident. There's flirting between a male and a female mouse and references to dating each other. While two slugs kiss each other, one swallows the other whole.
 A male mouse accidentally pulls a female mouse's pants off and we see her modest underwear. Some female mouse characters wear tight clothing and shake their behinds. A male and a female mouse are tied together and the male briefly touches the female's behind while trying to retrieve a paper clip. A male mouse holds his crotch in pain.
 A male mouse is thought to be Tom Jones, and one older, female mouse is a vocal fan; at one point a pair of large underwear is thrown toward, and lands, on the male mouse's face.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - There are many scenes of mice going down drains and into the sewers: While falling one mouse manages to land on many items like faucets with his crotch and winces in pain.
 A mouse is flushed down a toilet twice, and initially complains that he can't swim. One mouse lands on a block of cement, and a plug drops down on his head.
 A large toad eats several flies by extending his tongue; one fly begs not to be eaten (it says "Help Me!") and at another point a fly that's in the frog's mouth is still alive (we see it on the frog's tongue). Several frogs end up with their tongues entangled after they go after a fly. A toad and a frog end up with their tongues twisted around in metal gears. A couple of frogs duel with extended tongues.
 While two slugs kiss each other, one swallows the other whole. A mouse slaps his own face.
 A couple of mice are electrocuted in a couple of scenes (none are seriously hurt): One mouse has a habit of zapping individuals with electrodes and does so a couple of times (the victim is jolted, but yells in pain), another mouse is zapped when the toaster it's riding on falls into water, and another mouse plugs the wrong cable into an outlet and is shot toward the ceiling.
 There are several chase scenes with gangster mice and frogs chasing other mice down a sewer using boat-like vehicles. During one chase a toad shoots at the mice with a stapler and pops a balloon that's used by two mice to get away (nobody is hurt). A mouse falls into a box of pins and several stick on his head and body.
 A rat and a mouse are flush-frozen with liquid nitrogen; we see a refrigerator full of mice encased in ice.
 We see many tadpoles with pointed teeth and several bite a mouse's behind. Slugs yell in fear, as well as yell and provide sound effects throughout the movie.
 A large toad threatens several mice in several scenes. A mouse in a fisherman's outfit handles and holds a goldfish that appears dead, although it apparently is alive.
 A huge tidal wave rushes toward many mice, but it's frozen before anyone's hurt. There are ominous noises in a house and a mouse is scared.
 A mouse has disgusting looking toenails. A mouse is covered in chocolate cake. A mouse runs into a melted chocolate bar floating in a sewer and thinks that it's feces. There are a lot of references to people going to the bathroom during the half-time period of a soccer match. One character flatulates and another burps a few times. Two mice spit in their palms and shake hands, twice.


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LANGUAGE 2 - A lot of name calling and insults (stupid, dipstick, get stuffed), a couple of mild anatomical references (booty), a couple of mild profanities, one religious exclamation in French.


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SUBSTANCE USE - None.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Family, loneliness, French stereotypes, wealth, jewels, royalty, genocide, revenge.

MESSAGE - Better be poor with a family and friends, instead of living in a gilded cage all alone; however, wealth plus family and friends is ideal. Beware of toilets.

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