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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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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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Don't mess with the hat. See more »


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

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21 November 2003 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$109,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,831,465 (Australia) (2 April 2004)

Gross:

£7,500,297 (UK) (11 June 2004)
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The film contains a number of adult themes, such as:
  • The Cat begins to explain to the children where babies come from before being cut off by Conrad.


  • When the Cat spots the photo of Joan he unfurls it centerfold-style, gets excited saying "hummina hummina" and his hat extends.


  • In the first verse of The Cat's first song, he sings about a cat who never listened to his mother and was finally taken to a vet and neutered. He sings the line as "...and they cut off all his ba... ba... ba..." and cuts off by saying "Boy!". In a deleted verse, which is included on the film's soundtrack, the Cat sings about a know-it-all (based on his opinions of Sally) who liked to be the "teacher's pet" (based on his opinion of Sally). He takes the To Do List out of her hands and she chased the Cat and sings the line "...she liked to be the teacher's pet, always the head of the class, she took a ton of TNT to kill the bug up her a..." and cuts off by saying "Ask me...".)


  • When Sally exclaims that jumping on the couch is "like being in the circus!", the Cat says, "Yeah, but without those tortured animals and drunken clowns that have hepatitis."


  • When the Cat cuts his tail off he yells out "SON OF A BI..." before it's bleeped out and the broadcast is terminated showing a picture of a cat in a hat hanging on to a rope while a chorus whistles The Girl From Ipanema.


  • After the Cat unsuccessfully tries to capture Nevins, he 'talks' to the hoe he is holding, calling it a "dirty hoe". He then apologizes with "I'm sorry baby, I love you", finally proceeding to lick it.


  • The acronym of the Cat's car's former name is S.H.I.T. (Super Hydraulic Instantaneous Transporter) which Conrad is about to say before the Cat cuts him off, saying "No! Quick to the S.L.O.W.!"


  • While the Cat and the children ride Mrs. Kwan (like a boat) through the warped house, The Cat comments at the flame-throwing-toilet, starting "Something like that really burns my a...", only to be cut off as they start going down a steep log flume descent.


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Goofs

When the Cat is putting his "clean up machine" back in its box, purple blobs can still be seen on the door frame. See more »

Quotes

The Cat: If this were my house, I'd be furious.
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Crazy Credits

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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Soundtracks

Tangerine Speedo
Written by Blake Smith and Fernando Dominguez
Performed by Caviar
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
Courtesy of Hot JWP Music Inc.
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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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