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Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat (2003)

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Sally and Conrad are two bored kids whose life is turned up-side-down when a talking cat comes to visit them.



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Thing One (as Danielle Ryan Chuchran)
Taylor Rice ...
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Thing Two (as Talia Prairie)
Thing One / Thing Two (voice)
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Narrator (voice)
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Conrad and Sally Walden (Spencer Breslin and Dakota Fanning) are home alone with their pet fish. It is raining outside, and there is nothing to do. Until The Cat in the Hat ('Mike Myers') walks in the front door. He introduces them to their imagination, and at first it's all fun and games, until things get out of hand, and The Cat must go, go, go, before their parents get back. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild crude humor and some double-entendres | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 November 2003 (USA)  »

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Box Office


$109,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$38,329,160 (USA) (21 November 2003)


£7,500,297 (UK) (11 June 2004)

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Did You Know?


As a result of this film, Audrey Geisel, the widow of Dr. Seuss decided to reject any future live-action adaptations of her husband's work claiming that this film differed from her late husband's Family Friendly Material. See more »


When Conrad, Sally and the Cat pull up to the house before their mother, the Cat can be seen in the S.L.O.W., but when the kids exit and run to the house the Cat disappears. See more »


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During the animated opening logos, the Cat is fishing in the moon of the DreamWorks logo, the Universal globe morphs into the star ball, while the Fish can be seen darting into the water during the Imagine logo. See more »


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I should've known better...
9 December 2003 | by (Oregon) – See all my reviews

Film critics of the world, I apologize. It is your job to give advice to the moviegoing public so that they can wisely choose what to spend money on. But I ignored your advice and I have been deeply hurt. However, my decision to see "The Cat in the Hat" wasn't made haphazardly. You see, three years ago all of you critics said that we should all avoid the "calamity" known as "How the Grinch Stole Christmas". Then some friends of mine took me to see it and it turned out to be a colorful, funny and almost hypnotic yuletide treat. So when the critics unleashed their fury against "The Cat in the Hat", another big budget Seuss update with a big name star in the title role, I thought that it must be the same old song. How wrong I was.

For five whole minutes I thought I was in the clear. The opening credits are clever, the kids are charming and the production values are top notch. Then the cat showed up. There are many problems from this point on, but the biggest one was the woeful miscasting of Mike Myers. Where "The Grinch" was saved by the inspired casting of Jim Carrey, "The Cat" was destroyed by Myers. He can be very funny when his energies are applied where they belong, comic sketches. Every movie he's made that was truly funny was really just a feature length comedy sketch, from "Wayne's World" to "Austin Powers". So he tries to do the same thing here, it's just that these comedy sketches are more like the stuff that they stick at the end of SNL, not funny, just painful. Not that the writers helped him out any. After the charming prologue the movie turns into an hour of repulsive bodily humor gags, poorly timed pratfalls and insultingly stunted attempts at hip humor. This movie was the most disheartening cinematic experience I have ever had. Period. So much talent and work went into something so vile. I know that the adult stars of this movie will be relatively unscathed by this mess, I just hope that the wonderful Spencer Breslin and Dakota Fanning will get more chances to show their charms in far better movies. If you are a parent, please avoid this like the plague. With movies like "Elf" and "Brother Bear" currently in theaters, you have far better choices.

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