Parents' Guide to

Ratatouille

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Cute rat tale has some peril and potentially scary moments.

Movie G 2007 110 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 72 parent reviews

age 5+

Starts with a bang, but not in a good way.

This movie held my kids attention. It’s got a decent message but was pretty typical Disney/Pixar fare which is very pedestrian to my taste. Definitely not something I would watch on my own or encourage my kids to choose again. I don’t think they will ask for it again either. The gun violence at the start was excessive, unnecessary and felt very American for a lack of a better word. A shotgun toting granny named Mabel doesn’t make me think ‘France’ that’s for sure. It was also scary for my 5 year old who isn’t used to casual gun violence (we don’t live in the USA) but she got over it. The sex, alcohol and language complaints people expressed here seem totally over-blown though. There’s nothing here that’s going to harm your kids. Do some parents not kiss in front of their kids or something? Also what’s wrong with saying hell if you’re referencing the actual place hell? Wow, sometimes I am shocked by peoples priorities. The number of reviewers who ignore the violence but complain about a single ‘hell’ or a ‘passionate kiss’ between adults is whacky to me. But I guess that’s why we have sites like this to share different viewpoints so people can make up their own minds about what their kids should or shouldn’t watch.
age 8+

Why does a movie for young children need to include a gun? They could have found other silly creative ways to achieve the story line without a gun.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (72 ):
Kids say (159 ):

The story doesn't have the emotional depth of The Incredibles or Finding Nemo, but the animation is every bit as dazzling. Every scene of the chefs shredding, peeling, dicing, and stirring is vibrant and layered. And the moment Ego tastes the titular dish is so delicious a visual reference that it deserves to be a surprise. Kids may ultimately favor the child-centric appeal of Toy Story or the vroom-vroom adventure of Cars, but grown-ups will find a reason to ask for seconds of Ratatouille.

At this point, it's pretty much a given that families and young children will line up to see anything made by Pixar, which seems incapable of producing a dud. But Ratatouille, like director Brad Bird's family adventure The Incredibles, is the rare animated film that could just as easily captivate an audience full of childless adults. Granted, the world of haute French cuisine is an unlikely setting for a kid-friendly flick, but Bird makes it irresistible.

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