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The Grinch (How the Grinch stole Christmas) - Jim Carrey, Taylor Momsen, Christine Baranski, Ron Howard

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You'd better watch out!

A curmudgeonly recluse whose heart is two sizes too small, the Grinch (Jim Carrey) resides in his cave high atop Mount Crumpit with his dog Max, and plenty of lettuce juice, extra-virgin castor oil and sour milk for sustenance. Annoyed by the out-of-control Christmas festivities in Whoville, the Grinch conspires to deprive the Whos of their favourite holiday, but comes to learn that the spirit of Christmas goes much deeper than tinsel and toys.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film Christmas Dr Seuss Grinch Who family

Persons of interest

  • Jim Carrey .... Grinch
  • Taylor Momsen .... Cindy Lou Who
  • Jeffrey Tambor .... Mayor Augustus Maywho
  • Christine Baranski .... Martha May Whovier
  • Bill Irwin .... Lou Lou Who
  • Molly Shannon .... Betty Lou Who
  • Clint Howard .... Whobris
  • Josh Ryan Evans .... 8-Year-Old Grinch
  • Mindy Sterling .... Clarnella
  • Rachel Winfree .... Rose
  • Jeremy Howard .... Drew Lou Who
  • Frankie Ray .... Who
  • TJ Thyne .... Stu Lou Who
  • Lacey Kohl .... Christina Whoterberry
  • Nadja Pionilla .... Junie
  • Jim Meskimen .... Officer Wholihan
  • Dr Seuss .... Author
  • Jeffrey Price .... Screenwriter
  • Peter S Seaman .... Screenwriter
  • Ron Howard .... Director

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Theatrical report

Doctor Seuss!

And Jim Carrey!

Now, the good Doctor is a legend: he should be given the Nobel Prize for literature and given the keys to the planet. If you don't know The cat in the hat or the Zax who made trax or Sam I am who does not like green eggs and ham then you have been deprived and are probably suffering from several disturbing psychoses. As Christmas is due shortly (hence the release of the DVD and video!) it will be a good excuse for you to buy nieces, nephews, grandchildren and, of course, your own kiddie winkies as many Doctor Seuss books as you can find. Then you can read them together, saving them and yourself from an endless round of psychotherapy.

Now, Jim is a part-time legend: he wobbles between humour god and "How did this guy ever make it into the movies?" For every Truman show there's a Cable guy. Oh, well, you win some, you lose some. The Grinch, fortunately for you all, is a winner. Jim is entirely Grinchful and when he lets out a wee Carreyism it's done in the best possible taste (and entirely in keeping with the character). He's hectic, he's frantic and he's funny.

The film is not a literal adaptation of the Doctor's story - it would be rather short if they did that - but it does stick very closely to the humour and the intent of the original. You won't destroy the ankle-biters' minds by letting them see this piece of Hollywood glitz and it gives you more incentive to go out and buy the book, doesn't it? Taylor Momsen is great, Christine Baranski vamps it up and Josh R Evans is classic. Ron Howard's direction is pretty near invisible, allowing you to experience the story, which is the most important part. The back-story of the Grinch's unhappy childhood is new but it allows a greater sense of continuity (ie temporal development) which film-goers require more than readers.

Should you see The Grinch? You betcha: it's a hoot! There's as much in it for groan-ups as there is for the nippers and the two strains often overlap to everyone's better enjoyment. Ah, a fun film with a serious message that's worth seeing... who'da thunk it?

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio and languages: English (5.1), English (DTS), Hungarian (surround)
  • Disc: Single sided, dual layered
  • Picture: Widescreen (1.85:1/16:9 enhanced)
  • Special features:
    • Deleted scenes
    • Out-takes
    • Spotlight on location - Behind-the-scenes featurette on the making of the movie with cast and crew interviews
    • 4 behind-the-scenes featurettes on bringing the film to life with visual effects, make-up and set design
    • Wholiday recipes
    • Where are you Christmas? music video performed by Faith Hill
    • Max's playhouse - includes read-along, sing-along and other fun and games
    • DVD-ROM features including interactive games, screensavers and more!
    • Production notes
    • Cast and filmmaker's notes
    • Picture disc
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Swedish, Turkish
  • Trailers:
    • The Grinch game
    • Theatrical

Security censorship classification

PG (Adult themes)

Surveillance time

105 minutes (1:45 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

DVD rental: 21 November 2001

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