Sondra Locke directs and stars in yet another tale of an exploited misfit. This time it’s a half boy, half rat creature (SL Baird) and again we have the archetypal outsider being exposed and promoted as a weird commercial fairground attraction.
Plucked from the comfort of his Hollywood rubbish dump into a media circus, Ratboy is “rescued” by Locke, who is posing as a journalist. Her motives aren’t altruistic though, as she has her own plans to exploit her media-friendly protégé.
Unlike ET, Ratboy isn’t cute and won’t tug on your heartstrings which may leave you indifferent as to his plight.
S L Baird