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How the Grinch Stole Christmas

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Starring: Jim Carrey, Christine Baranski
Director: Ron Howard
Rated: PG
RunTime: 102 Minutes
Release Date: November 2000
Genres: Comedy, Kids, Christmas

*Also starring: Molly Shannon, Jeffrey Tambor, Verne Troyer, Bill Irwin, Jim Meskimen, Taylor Momsen

Review by Susan Granger
4 stars out of 4

It's like Christmas coming early with this heart-warming gift of a live-action comedy fantasy. Ron Howard's enchanting screen adaptation of Dr. Seuss' story not only tells the tale of the Whos in Whoville but the imaginative screenplay by Jeffrey Price & Peter S. Seaman, narrated by Anthony Hopkins, delves deeply into the backstory of the grouchy, gruff Grinch (Jim Carrey), revealing what made him so bitterly malevolent, living alone in a cavernous cave on the top of Mr. Crumpit with only his dog Max as company. The plot revolves around little Cindy Lou Who (Taylor Momsen), whose parents (Bill Irwin, Molly Shannon) are immersed in the crass commercialism of Christmas, particularly besting a neighbor (Christine Baranski) in the Whobilation lighting competition. Curious about The Grinch and his contemptible behavior, Cindy Lou investigates what seared his soul, made him an outcast, and inspired his vengeance. Buried under layers of rubbery make-up and green fur with his eyes covered by contact lenses and his mouth full of false teeth, Jim Carrey is, nevertheless, delightfully zany. Production designer Michael Corenblith has created a visual Who world worthy of the genius of Theodor S. Geisel, who wrote as Dr. Seuss. Clustered like a medieval European village, Whoville's haystack houses are decorated with, literally, thousands of twinkling lights. Rick Baker's make-up and Rita Ryack's padded costumes, particularly the hats, are inspired, and James Horner's music is terrific. On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, "Dr. Seuss' How THE GRINCH Stole Christmas" is a classic 10. Children will adore it, teens will find it hip, and adults will flock back to see it. This magical package of pure pleasure leaves you a bit happier to be alive. Don't miss it!

Copyright 2000 Susan Granger

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