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How the Grinch Stole Christmas!Look, I'll make it simple: The reason Dr. Seuss' original ''How the Grinch Stole Christmas!'' is a slender classic of antimaterialism comes down to one...How the Grinch Stole Christmas!Holiday, Sci-fi and Fantasy, ComedyPT102MPGLook, I'll make it simple: The reason Dr. Seuss' original ''How the Grinch Stole Christmas!'' is a slender classic of antimaterialism comes down to one...2001-11-20Christine BaranskiAnthony HopkinsBryce Dallas HowardJosh Ryan EvansTaylor MomsenMolly ShannonMindy SterlingJeffrey TamborChristine Baranski, Anthony Hopkins, Bryce Dallas Howard, Josh Ryan Evans, Taylor Momsen, Molly Shannon, Mindy Sterling, Jeffrey TamborUniversal
Jim Carrey, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

(Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas: Digital Domain)

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Genre: Holiday, Sci-fi and Fantasy, Comedy; Starring: Jim Carrey, Christine Baranski, Anthony Hopkins, Bryce Dallas Howard, Josh Ryan Evans, Taylor Momsen, Molly Shannon, Mindy Sterling, Jeffrey Tambor; Director: Ron Howard; Producer (person): Brian Grazer; Producer (group): Imagine Entertainment; Release Date Wide: 11/17/2000; Runtime (in minutes): 102; MPAA Rating: PG; Distributor: Universal

Look, I’ll make it simple: The reason Dr. Seuss’ original ”How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” is a slender classic of antimaterialism comes down to one line: ”’Maybe Christmas,’ he thought, ‘doesn’t come from a store.”’ The season, Ted Geisel was saying, is not about stuff. Ron Howard’s Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas is all about stuff. From the bric-a-brac Styrofoam sets to the ugly Twilight Zone faces of the Whos to Jim Carrey’s hairy man-breasts, the movie substitutes audiovisual megakill for emotion. And that’s just on screen; act now, and you can buy the ”Grinch” video-and-plush-doll pack, or the Collector’s Edition DVD with fold-out sets and Faith Hill video, or the Grinch Shower Radio!

A cheap shot given that every family movie comes with tie-ins? It’s unfair to review the promotion as well as the film? Perhaps, but I’ll say it again: This particular story is about the irrelevance of possessions. The way the marketing’s stripmining of the kiddie demographic extends to the clanging vulgarity of everything on screen provides a working definition of the debasement of American movies. But listen, go ahead and let the kids watch it eight times a week. Just turn up the volume so you can’t hear Ted spinning.

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