Awesome / Ratatouille
"I killed a man... with this thumb!"
- Rémy has no idea that the colony have been living in Paris, all this time. Cue the Establishing Shot of the city, to the tune of "Wall Rat".
- Colette's opening speech/rant to Linguini, swiftly followed by her tough love Training Montage with the new garbage boy. She starts as intimidating, then moves to authoritative as a master of the kitchen and then irresistible when she thanks her protege for listening to her with respect.
Here, let me make it easy to remember. Keep your station clear...or I WILL KILL YOU!
- Ego's "perspective" line. It was badass in a more subdued way. The same is true for his "I don't like food, I love it. If I don't love it, I don't swallow". The line itself is brilliantly hammy on its own, but the incredible growl Peter O'Toole manages to put into the last word is truly spectacular. Watch it here.
- Linguini's line beforehand was pretty good. Anton Ego remained composed and pretty smug when he suddenly appears to talk to Linguini; after he calls Linguini 'slow for someone in the fast lane,' Linguini replies that Ego is thin for someone who likes food. Anton actually hesitates briefly and looks surprised, as do the reporters. From what it looks like, it's the first time someone talked back at him.
- Linguini's character development, period. Remy became a chef in this movie, but Linguini became a badass. Someone who was a stuttering, clumsy, wishy-washy boy into a young man who's got enough of a spine and self-respect to fight back against any voice or claim that he's worthless. That's an hugely impressive and admirable strength for anybody, cook or no cook.
- In a mixture of a moment of awesome and heartwarming, we have Rémy coming back to Linguini after Skinner kidnaps him. As Linguini flounders at the restaurant as his coworkers pressure him to cook, Rémy shows up. The other chefs see him and react accordingly, rushing over to kill the rat. What does Rémy do? He puffs up his chest and stands his ground, trusting Linguini to intervene, which he does. It's this moment that truly cements the bond between Rémy and Linguini.
- Rémy's dad gets a CMOA when he rallies the rat colony to replace the kitchen staff and they succeed.
"We're not cooks... but we are family."
- The scene of the colony substituting the deserting cooks, period. Not all humans are able to simply cook food, but here are a couple hundreds of small rats, those who scrap trash all their lives, who not only manage to do so, but actually excel in servicing the harshest critic in Paris with only occasional instructions from Rémy.
- Rémy, when he argues against his father's hopeless philosophy that nature cannot be changed with a profound statement about his hope to become more than what he is.
Rémy: Change is nature, Dad. The part that we can influence, and it starts when we decide.
- The very next sentence also counts, since it shows Rémy's determinator personality.
Django: Where are you going?
Remy: With luck, forward.
- Linguini, at the climax when he has to be the sole waiter for the entire restaurant. He handles the role with lightning efficiency, showing that maître d' is his true calling.
- He waits tables on roller skates. Without spilling anything.
- Anton Ego, when he writes his review, putting his own role in perspective while praising Rémy's culinary genius to the skies, knowing that he is likely sacrificing his career to do it.
- Ego's Tear Jerker flashback to his mother's kitchen is a CMOA for the filmmakers.
- "I can't remember the last time I told the waiter to give my compliments to the chef!" Coming from Ego, this is a pretty big compliment.
- Ego may not have licked the plate, but he did wipe the sauce off with his finger and licked it clean, which is about as close as you can to licking the plate. That coming from a critic is a pretty big gesture in of itself.
- When Colette tells him that he must wait until all other customers have gone before he can meet the chef, Ego takes them up on it. They presumed that he would consider it too outlandish a request to entertain, but he does so and is implied to have stayed there long after everyone has left. The meal shook him to the core so much that come hell or high water, he must meet the source of it.
- Ego's final line in the film.
- Heck, even an IMAGINARY character gets one. Rémy's figment of Chef Gusteau giving a motivational speech.
- Horst: "I killed a man...with THIS thumb!" Then he threatens Skinner with the exact same thumb.
- Linguini gets a minor one when he first meets Anton. Keep in mind Linguini seems pretty intimidated by him, so this took guts.
Anton: You're slow for someone in the fast lane
Linguini: And you're thin for someone who likes food!