A Parent’s Guide to Ratatouille (Movie)

WARNING: Reading this article may give away things in the story ranging from unimportant to plot turners.

Ratatouille by Pixar and Walt Disney Pictures

Basic Plot: A rat named Remy and a young man named Linguini decide to work together to help Linguini keep his job at a restaurant. Lies, family disapproval, and a man trying to stop Linguini’s success cause a lot of problems for them through the movie, though.


Plot and Story Organization: 3/5 Average: I enjoyed how Ratatouille had a good plot and a few action scenes. It had a good set up with two or three action scenes and an interesting story. It was an interesting plot, but it was the overused teenage rebel idea when you really think about it. This was just one of the many ways you could express it.

Graphics: 4/5 Very Nice Graphics: Pixar was responsible for the graphics, which were very smooth. The detail was nice, especially with things like fire and hair. It was so neatly done that I thought it was like looking at a painting. I especially loved the rat’s hair after it was wet.

Moral 2½/5 Good and Bad Morals: There are two morals. First, Remy wants to be a chef and breaks his father’s rules to try cooking. He also insults his current life and father. The results of rebellion are their home being destroyed and being separated from his family. He eventually meets up with them and still refuses to convert to his family’s way of living, even after his father’s warnings and evidence that humans kill rats. In the end it all works out with Remy being a secret chef at a new restaurant. (This has a lot of the signs of Follow Your Heart and very light traces of Curious, Curious George.) The movie was more of a change your reputation then a follow your heart movie, but it was still pushing it in some areas, especially at the beginning. Another lesson was that lying and stealing have consequences. Nearly his entire staff leaves for being deceived and Linguini and Remy have issues because Remy steals food. The consequences were not as big as or lasting as one might suppose they should have been, though.

Overall: 3/5 Average: The movie was not very extraordinary, but it was entertaining. I liked Pixar’s graphics and the plot was OK enough to be tolerable, but overall I don’t think it stood out to much. In the end it was only an average. I think that any age of either gender would like this movie.

Moral Content

Official Rating: G

Sexual or Inappropriate Content: 1/5 Slightly Suggestive: There is some kissing but it isn’t long or the bad kind. A chef has a son with a woman he is not married to. In a scene where Linguini almost admits how he cooks to a woman it is suggested that she is afraid he is going to assault her. Nothing does happen, and it is not too obvious, but it is very suggestive.

Violence: 2/5 Slightly Violent: The rats suffer a lot from violence against them. An old lady shoots at them and later gets a gas mask and tries to poison them. This is supposed to be more humorous than violent. Remy is swung at with a broom. People grab various things to beat him up with even if there not used, especially knives. They get struck by lightning on the roof. A lady pins Linguini’s shirt down with knives. She slaps him in one scene. A different woman shoots a guy and misses. Remy leaves bite marks all over Linguini and Linguini slaps himself to get him to stop. Remy also later makes Linguini slap himself when Remy is annoyed. A man at the restaurant has committed a crime, but no one knows what it is. One of his many claims is that he murdered a man with his thumb. A car crashes into a pole. A rat smacks a man’s face with his tail.

Swearing and Using the Lord’s Name in Vain: 1½/5 Two or Three Light Utterances: Hell is used once. Bloody is used once. The Lord’s name is taken in vain once and the word “godliness” is used in application to something that has nothing to do with God.

Emotional, Intense, and Disturbing Content: 1/5 A Little Disturbing: There is a scene where Remy’s Dad shows him a shop that has dead rats being hung by their necks in a window. In Linguini’s nightmare about a critic reviewing his restaurant, the critic says he wants Linguini’s roasted heart. If you are disturbed by rats, there are a lot in this movie and you may not like that.

Religious Issues: 1/5 A Suggestive Issue: When Linguini’s Mom is dead and the restaurant owner expresses his regrets, Linguini says it’s alright because his Mom “believed in heaven.” It was nice to hear about heaven existing at all in a Disney movie, but it was implied that maybe just believing there is a heaven is enough to go there, which is not true.

Magic: ½/5 Remy has an imaginary friend that he talks to, but it is more of his own imagination than ghost or magic.

Other: A lot of alcohol is used in cooking and to drink (They are in France). Linguine drinks a whole bottle of wine and gets drunk in the restaurant owners attempt to get him to admit his secret about Remy. Linguini’s future girlfriend complains in a feministic way how men restrain woman from getting good jobs.

Overall: 1½/5 Almost All Ages Appropriate: Besides the violence there is nothing too bad that I would tell someone not to see it. I think it is appropriate for children five or six and older or perhaps younger if the child is not disturbed by light violence.


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