How the Grinch Stole Christmas

November 17th, 2000


How the Grinch Stole Christmas

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Big budget remake of the classic cartoon about a creature intent on stealing Christmas.

Release Year: 2000

Rating: 5.7/10 (58,525 voted)

Critic's Score: 46/100

Director: Ron Howard

Stars: Jim Carrey, Taylor Momsen, Jeffrey Tambor

Based on the book by the famous Dr. Seuss. Inside a snowflake exists the magical land of Whoville. In Whoville, live the Who's, an almost mutated sort of munchkinlike people. All the Who's 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.

Writers: Dr. Seuss, Jeffrey Price

Jim Carrey - Grinch
Taylor Momsen - Cindy Lou Who
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 - Christina Whoterberry
Nadja Pionilla - Junie

Taglines: You Better Watch Out!

Release Date: 17 November 2000

Filming Locations: Stage 12, Universal Studios - 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $123,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $55,082,330 (USA) (19 November 2000) (3127 Screens)

Gross: $260,031,035 (USA) (25 February 2001)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Jim Carrey accepted the role of The Grinch when he heard a tape of a kid's choir singing the song "You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch"

Continuity: When the Grinch finished loading his sled, he had turned all the Christmas lights off. As he was trying to take off, all the lights were on, but his sled stalled. His second attempt of taking off all the lights were off again.

[first lines]
Narrator: Inside a snowflake like the one on your sleeve, there happened a story you must see to believe.

User Review

Merry Christmas to All...

Rating: 10/10

I have been eagerly anticipating the opening of this film for several months. Being a huge Jim Carrey fan, I easily saw how he could morph himself into Seuss' Grinch and make the character his own. I was not disappointed.

This movie was pure magic. Carrey is a master at his trade and no one could have played this role to perfection as he did. There was plenty to enjoy for both adults and children alike and this movie is sure to become a timeless classic for all to enjoy in the years to come. I already have visions of my young daughter sitting down year after year to watch this remake on video, and I undoubtedly will watch with her and laugh as I did the first time I saw it.

Clearly, this movie has Jim Carrey written all over it, and I do not believe that it would have come together without him. However, the supporting cast was charming and entertaining in their own right, most notably the adorable Taylor Momsen who was the perfect foil for Carrey's antics. The set design, musical score and costumes all lent their hands to a magical, fabulous finished product and I believe all involved can be proud.

It is not an easy feat to turn a 22 minute cartoon classic into a full length live action film, but Howard has succeeded with flying colours. For those critics who disagree, perhaps it is your hearts that are 2 sizes too small.


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