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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

Writers:

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:

You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch! 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

Jim Carrey was one of the very few actors to play 2 Christmas hating characters as he went on to play Scrooge in Disney's A Christmas Carol 9 years later. Like the Grinch Scrooge repents and becomes the opposite of what he was for much of the film. See more »

Goofs

Just before the Grinch and Max return to the mountain through the pipe, Max is missing his collar. It's back on him after they arrive at the dump on the mountain. 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

Near the end of the Imagine Entertainment logo, snow begins to fall, the snow continues to fall even after the words "Imagine Entertainment" fade away. See more »

Alternate Versions

Included on the DVD release of the film are some deleted and extended scenes. One is an extended version of the Grinch wreaking havoc in Whoville by using a marble, which causes a domino effect. Another is a scene where Lou Lou Who is called into a parent-teacher conference because Cindy Lou Who wanted to do a report on the Grinch. A final scene reveals that the tree the Grinch cut out from the floor is the Whoville police officer. The officer comes downstairs sleepwalking and the Grinch locks him in the linen closet. See more »


Soundtracks

You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch
Written by Dr. Seuss and Albert Hague
Performed by Jim Carrey
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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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