Before Daniel Craig landed the role, Hugh Jackman was being talked up as the next James Bond. He gets his chance in a quick gag in Flushed Away, when Roddy St. James, the debonair mouse he voices, pretends to be 007 while larking about a posh penthouse where he's a pampered family pet. The bit is just one of many inspired moments peppering this film that's sure to delight both kids and chaperoning adults.
Roddy is soon flushed down the toilet by a bullying rat and must learn to survive in London's sewer system. There he befriends feisty Rita (Winslet), a street-smart rat, and together they take on the underworld's evil crime boss, a giant toad (Ian McKellen). Best, though, are the singing slugs that repeatedly pop up to serenade Roddy and his friends. Their rendition of "Proud Mary" is slime-sational. (PG)