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Rodents of Unusual Size

95% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. This irreverent documentary delivers an environmental message with a dose of local lore and bayou wisdom.

Hard headed Louisiana fisherman Thomas Gonzales doesn’t know what will hit him next. After decades of hurricanes and oil spills he faces a new threat – hordes of monstrous 20 pound swamp rats.

Known as “nutria,” these invasive South American rodents breed faster than the roving squads of hunters can control them. And with their orange teeth and voracious appetite they are eating up the coastal wetlands that protects Thomas and his town of Delacroix Island from hurricanes.

But the people who have lived here for generations are not the type of folks who will give up without a fight. Thomas and a pack of lively bounty hunters are hellbent on saving Louisiana before it dissolves beneath their feet.

It is man vs. rodent. May the best mammal win.

"Depicting the resilience of both the nutria and the Louisianans who've endured their presence for many years, Rodents of Unusual Size proves enjoyably quirky and informative."

Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter

"This real-life horror film (it's the bright orange teeth that haunt) is informative and entertaining; an example of how the best laid plans of men have changed Mother Nature's course and contributed to climate change."

Neely Swanson, Easy Reader (California)

"also a look at how human folly can contribute to environmental disaster, but awareness and ingenuity can help bail us out."

Peter Keough, Boston Globe

"The film demonstrates a surprising - and commendable - frankness, especially as its creators interview those working to stay afloat amid hurricanes and nutria-accelerated coastal erosion."

Karen Han, Village Voice

Movie Info

Directed by Chris Metzler, Quinn Costello and Jeff Springer
71 minutes

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