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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 who plans on ruining the Christmas holiday for all of the citizens of the town.

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Ron Howard

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Dr. Seuss (book), Jeffrey Price (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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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 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 <webmaster@filmfreak.co.za>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

He puts the mean in 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 | Germany

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, Wide Release

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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Trivia

The casting of Sir Anthony Hopkins as the narrator mirrors the casting of the horror genre great Boris Karloff in the original animated movie, in that Hopkins had a career revival in the Hannibal Lecter franchise. See more »

Goofs

When Martha May gives the engagement ring back to The Mayor, she holds the ring box out to him while he looks at the ring and her with his arms by his side. In the next shot, Martha May has her arms by her side while The Mayor is holding the ring box in both hands. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Connections

Referenced in A Night at the Movies: Merry Christmas! (2011) See more »

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Christmas Dreaming
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How the Grinch Stole the show!
21 November 2003 | by Will_ScarletSee all my reviews

I agree completely, this film looks extremely overblown, and it is.

Though the sets and costumes are visually amazing, they go by too fast too be truly appreciated, and there is the feeling that it is too much crammed into too little. Besides this, the supporting cast have very little to do, and the presence of Anthony Hopkins as the narrator is rather puzzling. Besides that, several weak story points are added, for instance, like the romance between the Grinch and Martha May seems completely superfluous. However, if you want to see this movie, see for Jim Carrey, who steals the show as the title role. He is simply hilarious! He does, however, run a close race against Cindy Lou Who, who is unbelievably cute.

The difference between this movie, and the cartoon, is that this movie is set more from the point of view of the Grinch. In the cartoon, the Grinch is the villain, a grumpy old hermit who is jealous of the Whos and their happiness. The Whos, in the cartoon, are just simple, country townsfolk celebrating Christmas, and when the Grinch finds he cannot destroy Christmas, he knows he cannot make them suffer the absence he feels in his life, and finally understands the holiday spirit. In the movie, however, the Grinch is a slightly more modern take on his character. Actually, you can't blame him for wanting to do something about the Whos, who, in this movie, are a grim reflection of our society, and the crass consumerism and capitalism that yearly chokes the true meaning of the holiday spirit for material possessions. The Whos are so immersed in their own greed that it almost seems they deserve it when the Grinch drops the ball on them. The writers also make them seem as irritating and overly cheerful and loud as possible, with their gaudy decorations and foods, and creepy, sugar-coated style. Cindy Lou's reaction to this is our own, and she and the Grinch find the real meaning of the holiday. She and the Grinch are better seen as role models to today's holiday company, as a message not to lose ourselves in our own material greed that has become common to this holiday, but to instead remember what Christmas is. I think this holiday would get a much better reputation if people made it a routine to imagine a Christmas without presents or trimmings every year, just to keep that image in mind. But, if you don't want to be annoyed by the Whos, or blinded by the slightly overdone sets and costumes, watch it for Cindy Lou, or, if you don't like 'cute' movies like me, but like Jim Carrey's raunchy, slapstick, Marx Bros. style comedy, watch it for him.


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