Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas | Chicago Reader

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Cloying fancy gives way to gross-out comedy, twisted social commentary, affecting pathos, and weirdly sexualized romance in this lurid live-action version of the classic children's book. Jim Carrey plays the complex if not wholly sympathetic Grinch, living in self-imposed exile from the disgustingly wholesome Whoville. Screenwriters Jeffrey Price and Peter Seaman have given him lots of backstory, including an adolescent trauma that paves the way for a love interest, and his anticonsumerist diatribes are especially persuasive in light of the Whos' excesses. The Grinch learns that Christmas is about something other than buying, but it's impossible to know whether the Whos would have been content to exchange good feelings, since all their Christmas gifts are returned intact.

Credits

Director:

  • Ron Howard

Cast:

  • Jim Carrey
  • Jeffrey Tambor
  • Christine Baranski
  • Bill Irwin
  • Molly Shannon
  • Clint Howard
  • Taylor Momsen
  • Anthony Hopkins

Producers:

  • Brian Grazer
  • Todd Hallowell
  • Aldric Porter
  • Louisa Velis
  • David Womark

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