Ratboy (1986)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Black Comedy, Media Satire, Satire, Creature Film  |   Release Date - Oct 17, 1986 (USA)  |   Run Time - 105 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - PG13
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This drama follows an unlikely "ratboy" (S.L. Baird) after he is discovered living in a makeshift shelter in a garbage dump. Along comes Nikki Morrison (Sondra Locke, also the director) who meets the half-rodent, half-human creature and takes him over. She talks to a Hollywood producer and holds forth about him on a television talk show but when she brings ratboy to a press conference, he bolts for freedom -- enough is enough. The garbage dump was better. From that point onward, Nikki begins to change her mind about her treatment of the misbegotten creature and he develops an ambivalent feeling for her.

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show-business, allegory, capture, celebrity, con/scam, deformity, exploitation, fame, journalism, manager, mutant, scheme, transformation