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How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

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On the outskirts of Whoville, there lives a green, revenge-seeking Grinch (Jim Carrey), who plans on ruining Christmas for all of the citizens of the town.

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Ron Howard

Writers:

Dr. Seuss (book), Jeffrey Price (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 17 wins & 37 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Carrey ... Grinch
Taylor Momsen ... Cindy Lou Who
Kelley ... Max
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
Rance Howard ... Elderly Timekeeper
Jeremy Howard ... Drew Lou Who
T.J. Thyne ... Stu Lou Who
Lacey Kohl Lacey Kohl ... Christina Whoterberry
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Storyline

Inside a snowflake exists the magical land of Whoville. In Whoville, live the Whos, an almost mutated sort of munchkin-like people. All the Whos love Christmas, yet just outside of their beloved town, lives the Grinch (Jim Carrey). 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 (Taylor Momsen), decides to try befriend the Grinch. Written by Filmfreak <webmaster@filmfreak.co.za>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some crude humor | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$123,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$55,082,330, 19 November 2000

Gross USA:

$260,044,825

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$345,141,403
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

DTS (Digital DTS Sound)| Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Rance Howard: An old timekeeper who gets his liquor taken by the Grinch, who uses it to burn the town's giant Christmas tree. See more »

Goofs

When the Grinch is rearranging the mail, a package falls on the ground. In the next shot the package is gone. See more »

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[first lines]
Narrator: Inside a snowflake like the one on your sleeve, there happened a story you must see to believe.
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Crazy Credits

The MPPA rating screen at the end reads "PG-13," but the movie is actually rated "PG." See more »

Alternate Versions

In the original theatrical release, the opening credits title is "The Grinch", and the Dr. Seuss credit is phrased as "Based on the Book 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas' by Dr. Seuss". In the consumer-friendly home media releases, the opening credits title is "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas", and the Dr. Seuss credit is phrased as "Based on the Book by Dr. Seuss". See more »

Connections

Featured in How the Grinch Stole Christmas: Visual Effects (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Where Are You, Christmas?
Written by James Horner, Will Jennings, and Mariah Carey
Produced by Byron Gallimore and Faith Hill
Performed by Faith Hill
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
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Visually good but really carried by Jim Carrey
26 December 2003 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

In the land of Whoville everyone loves Christmas and count down the whole year until that wonderful time. However just outside Whoville lives the Grinch, a green hairy twisted creature that hates, and always has hated, Christmas and was rejected by the Who's as a child. A young girl from Whoville sets out to befriend the Grinch and help him find his love of Christmas but, when it goes wrong early on, the Grinch becomes even more rotten and plans to ruin it for everyone.

I have never read the book or seen the original animated version of this story, but I do enjoy a bit of Dr Seuss and was worried about how such imagination would be filled out on the screen. The film actually manages it very well and the whole film has the look of the books, even if it lacks soul at times. The plot is stretched out to the running time and could have easily been shorter and punchier, but at heart it is a good little moral that is good from Christmas time.

However, aside from the look of the film, the main reason that the film works is Jim Carrey. I cannot think of another actor who could have pulled off this role as well as he did. He is manic and really funny although I imagine that if you dislike him and his antics that you'd hate the film totally. I'm on the fence about him but I did enjoy him here. Momsen is OK but really just a `cute kid' and, while the support cast has quite a few famous faces, they don't make much of an impact under the makeup and the film is left to Carrey to save it - which he happily does.

Overall this film is a little too long and padded out, but while Carrey is onscreen it seems to go pretty fast due to his hyper acting and comedy antics. However, it's Christmas and it has a nice message while not totally giving in to syrupy sentiment (thanks again to manic Carrey) and it's just perfect for kids and adults at Christmas time.


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