How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) Poster

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MPAA Rated PG for some crude humor

Sex & Nudity

  • After the Grinch gets launched he lands in between Martha's breasts and into her cleavage. While still in the same position he mumbles into her cleavage "Hello Martha"
  • At one point in the movie while Martha is sleeping, her covers are partially pulled down revealing what she is sleeping in.
  • The Grinch appears naked in few scenes in the movie but nothing is showing.
  • At the beginning of the Town's Christmas Calibration The Grinch says "Don't Touch Me There" as the Citizens of Whoville are dressing him in a Christmas Sweater.
  • A baby who lands on a couple's porch the husband says "He looks just like your boss." Implying that his wife cheated on him.
  • It's implied that a man dreaming about kissing a woman is actually kissing a dog's bottom.

Violence & Gore

  • The Grinch mistreats his dog throughout.
  • The film very briefly hints at self harm with the Grinch saying "....I could hang myself with all of the bad neck ties....." However, he only means that there are enough of them for him to do it, not that he has any inclination to do so.
  • The Grinch whacks himself with a mallet.
  • The Grinch grabs a man's jug of liquor, takes a sip, but instead of swallowing it, blows it across an open flame creating a flamethrower that burns down the town's Christmas tree.


  • The Grinch at one point says "There will be Hell to pay."
  • After the Grinch decided to return the presents, Cindy Lou asks if he's ok. He responds with "Are you kiddin? The sun is bright and the powder's bitchin'!"

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • The Grinch uses liquor to burn down the town's Christmas tree.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The Grinch's sleigh, which is loaded down with gifts and other items he stole from Whoville, as well as Cindy Lou, starts to slide toward the edge of a cliff and he attempts to stop it.
  • The Grinch is given a backstory which reveals that his disposition is the result of adolescent trauma.


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Sex & Nudity

  • While the grinch is deciding what to wear, he pulls off a tablecloth and wears it like a skirt, Max barks and the grinch responds: "Its not a dress, its a kilt! Sicko" while ripping it off to show him wearing a garter.
  • Martha May Who appears to be a gender stereotype throughout this film, even as a child counterpart. She wears revealing clothing and acts and talks seductively. After she lands on the ground near the end, she holds her chest (as she shakes) and seductively mentions that her heart belongs to somebody else (the Grinch).

Violence & Gore

  • A mini car explodes in the movie.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • During a song scene, The Grinch's teeth is shown with yellow and with mutated termites.

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