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How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Family, Fantasy  |  17 November 2000 (USA)
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Inside a snowflake exists the magical land of Whoville. In Whoville, live the Whos, an almost mutated sort of munchkinlike people. All the Whos love Christmas, yet just outside of their beloved Whoville lives the Grinch. The Grinch is a nasty creature that hates Christmas, and plots to steal it away from the Whos which he equally abhors. Yet a small child, Cindy Lou Who, decides to try befriend the Grinch. Written by Filmfreak <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


All Whos beware: He's mean and green! See more »


Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some crude humor | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 November 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas  »

Box Office


$123,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$55,082,330 (USA) (17 November 2000)


ESP 710,576,961 (Spain) (29 June 2001)

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Aspect Ratio:

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Jim Carrey spent 92 days in the Grinch make-up spending 2.5 hours in the morning getting in, and 1 hour in the evening to get out. According to the actor, he became a "zen master" while sitting in the make-up chair. See more »


Towards the end, when the Grinch is admitting to stealing Christmas, the sheriff's nightcap goes from in front of his shoulder to behind it in different shots. See more »


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Narrator: Inside a snowflake like the one on your sleeve, there happened a story you must see to believe.
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Merry Christmas to All...
27 November 2000 | by (Toronto, Ontario) – See all my reviews

I have been eagerly anticipating the opening of this film for several months. Being a huge Jim Carrey fan, I easily saw how he could morph himself into Seuss' Grinch and make the character his own. I was not disappointed.

This movie was pure magic. Carrey is a master at his trade and no one could have played this role to perfection as he did. There was plenty to enjoy for both adults and children alike and this movie is sure to become a timeless classic for all to enjoy in the years to come. I already have visions of my young daughter sitting down year after year to watch this remake on video, and I undoubtedly will watch with her and laugh as I did the first time I saw it.

Clearly, this movie has Jim Carrey written all over it, and I do not believe that it would have come together without him. However, the supporting cast was charming and entertaining in their own right, most notably the adorable Taylor Momsen who was the perfect foil for Carrey's antics. The set design, musical score and costumes all lent their hands to a magical, fabulous finished product and I believe all involved can be proud.

It is not an easy feat to turn a 22 minute cartoon classic into a full length live action film, but Howard has succeeded with flying colours. For those critics who disagree, perhaps it is your hearts that are 2 sizes too small.

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