The Grinch 2000

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The Grinch is a grouchy green monster who lives high up on a mountain overlooking the town of Whoville. The Grinch hates happiness, hates merriment, and most of all, hates Christmas. So one year, as the festive season approaches, he decides that enough is enough and draws up plans to steal all the decorations and all the presents from the poor, unsuspecting citizens below.

Starring:
Jim Carrey, Catherine Baranov
Runtime:
1 hour 44 minutes

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The Grinch

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Product Details

Genres Fantasy, Children & Family, Science Fiction, Comedy
Director Ron Howard
Starring Jim Carrey, Catherine Baranov
Supporting actors Molly Shannon, Rachel Bailit, Anthony Hopkins, Jeffrey Tambor
Studio NBC Universal
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Alan Sturgess on 12 Jan 2006
Format: DVD
This is one of those films that divides opinions. For some it's rubbish, for others it's a masterpiece. I veer towards the latter viewpoint - but with a few reservations.
First, this is a Ron Howard film and as such, has to be accepted as a film with a great sense of identity and even better storytelling. Jim Carrey was made for this part and his performance as the gruesome Grinch is extraordinary - full of caperings, facial contortions and madcap explosions of gutteral grunts and cackles. However - even he is very nearly acted off the screen by 'Max' his dog, played by 'Kelley' who quite rightly gets third billing when the credits roll.
The story is well known and I see no sense in providing yet another precis, save to say that the only really gross part is when the Whos of Whoville virtually force-feed the Grinch with food during part of their celebration. This is just a bit too much and is way more repulsive than the pile of garbage that makes up most of the Grinch's lair. This particular scene may just make the film a bit unacceptable for very young children.
A lot of praise also has to go to Anthony Hopkins who's interspersed readings of Dr Seuss's text is so well done and so central to the storytelling.
And when it comes to defining 'cuteness', Taylor Momsett as 'Cindy Lou Who' is absolutely perfect. She not only looks the part but is also one heck of a good actress. She plays the central character of the little girl who wants to trust the Grinch with absolute conviction - and without all the overblown sweetness that so often characterises childrens' parts in so many American films. Her song is perhaps the film's one lapse into maukishness, but this can be forgiven.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cat on 27 Dec 2003
Format: DVD
~"The Grinch that stole christmas" was one of my favourite childhood books, and for that reason I was dubious about this movie. I'm a big Jim Carrey fan and all, but I didn't think a film would capture the essence of the story (The essential Grinch-ness?) or would maybe be to saccharine.
I shouldn't have worried.
The jokes hit the spot every time. There is a bit of adult humour, sure, there is also quite a bit of toilet humour but it works. Believe me, I know. I've watched it at least twice~~ a week since I got it four months ago. There is nothing too disgusting and there are some on the floor laugh-out-loud moments. Carrey is fantastic as the Grinch, turning in an affecting performance and making the watcher care about the character who is, in effect, the bad guy.
Taylor Momsen as Cindy is easily the best choice for this role. Maybe not exactly the Cindy Lou of the book, but she makes the part her own.
The rest of the cast bring substance to the characters the play, even~~ though~~ they don't really have a lot of screen time. The eccentric Seuss-ian world is brought to life in a mix of colour, noise (NOISE, NOISE, NOISE, NOISE!), and classic performances.
If you like Carrey, you'll love this. If you don't, give it a try.
Who knows? This film could change your entire outlook.~
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "grunger5" on 7 Dec 2002
Format: DVD
The role of the grinch, a little crazy, a little creepy even a little schitzophrenic definately suits carrey. You plainly know its carrey because of the way he acts, he does a great job. The sets and the computer graphics meld together perfectly and look gorgeous, creating a sort of cartoon-esque look for the film.
So....why not five stars? It takes a lot for me to deem 5 stars really, the only thing I didn't like was that it felt a little long , even if it was entertaining to the end. Maybe I was just expecting the end to come earlier and should watch it again.
One last thing, it is funny, one scene that made me laugh quite a lot was when Jim Carrey sucked the cat up his presents vaccuum, but I wont give too much away, Jim definately is stealing the show here.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Oct 2001
Format: VHS Tape
i LURVE this film!!!!! i recommend it for anyone of all ages, jim carey stars as the onion eating grinch, who resides upon mount crumpet, who's contempt for the happy-go-lucky people of who-ville has made his heart 2 sizes too small, When he decides to sabotage christmas for all the residents of whoville he comes upon little cindy-lou who, who teaches him the value of christmas and family gatherings etc.As the story unravells you find out why his heart is undersized, and why he shuts himself off from the in whoville. Anthony hopkins narrates. An all round feel good comedy, suitable for all ages:)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on 28 Nov 2010
Format: DVD
Although I am ten years old I still LOVE this film and have done since I were very little. I still laugh at the silly and humorous things he gets up to! Great for ALL the family. Such a legendary DVD. Go on, buy it, have a laugh and watch it time and time and time and time again.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By dontdreamituk@hotmail.com on 14 Jan 2002
Format: DVD
Why it's none other than superstar Jum Carrey!
The film u will like it's full of great rhyme
And the sets and the costumes of Christmas time!
Carrey is superb as the mean spirited Grinch
And even Max the dog is a canine cinch!
Its fabulous effects and wicked cool story
Take all the classics of Suess's fame/glory
So sit back and watch a in a nice comfy seat
And thank Amazon for delivering a brilliant treat!
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