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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
This film has courted some very negative reviews from people who feel that the film deviated too much from the original book and delivered something too coarse for a young audience. Those concerns are justified, and I would understand that a big fan of the book would feel that what they are seeing on screen is not reflective of the story they have enjoyed.

I do like the Dr Seuss book, but I'm not a die-hard fan - I do remember it from my younger days, but only the general gist of it rather than the full story. Maybe this is why my views on the film are less harsh than many others.

Mike Myers gives a very energetic performance of The Cat in The Hat and seems to understand the role well. There is a lot of over-acting which is required for the larger-than-life character, but he also captures the more understated nuances as well. Other than Alec Baldwin who is maybe a bit wooden (and I tend to think looks like he should be in pantomime) all the other roles are well performed and fit in nicely with the film.

The most impressive aspect of the film are the visuals. Although this is a live action film (which also makes use of CGI) it manages to look quite cartoony due to the incredibly vibrant blocks of colour. Because of the unique look of the film it seems to take place in its own universe, it creates a unique world in which you accept all the crazy happenings rather than looking plainly ridiculous. The book can be read in minutes whereas this film runs for nearly an hour and a half, therefore artistic license has been taken and it's probably best to think of this as a film inspired by the book rather a film of the book per se. There are some pretty funny moments in the film which are effectively comedy sketches woven into the plot - the best being a parody of a cheesy American infomercial for an automated muffin maker.

The dialogue in the film has caused minor controversy as many of the jokes are aimed at older viewers and some contain double-entendre. But the truth is that younger audiences will have no idea of this and it enables the film to appeal to audiences across a wider age range. My kids love this film and both myself and Mrs. DangermouseZilla have a laugh at it too, with the humour tending to be focussed at the more mature audience we can get something out of it too as the slapstick and bright colours aren't quite as appealing to us. Although it's more mature, the humour certainly isn't rude or smutty and we don't find it in any way offensive. I've read that some have taken exception to the phrase "I'll hurt you, and I'll make it look like a bloody accident" - but in the context of the film it's a line which is funny without any malice.

In a nutshell: Is this in the true spirit of the book? That's all down to interpretation and opinion. This could easily have been called something else and the Cat In the Hat could have been replaced with creature with a different name, but I don't get the impression that this is 'ripping off' the book. It seems to have been created by people who have revelled in developing an incredibly colourful film which is cheeky, imaginative, and above all else - fun. Surely those things are something close to the Dr Seuss spirit?

Is this film too mature for very young audiences? No - I'd rather have a family film which is slightly edgy rather than the over sentimental dross of Hannah Montana or High School Musical!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 9 October 2011
I used to love cat in the hat books as a child, and had the video, so I decided to purchase it on dvd so I can still watch it. Very funny, and my niece loves it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 18 October 2006
I rented this movie earlier in the year and it was watchable yet coulourful. Some of the jokes were funny, especially the one about the babysitter but I wasn't too keen on the "Dirty hoe" pun.

It was strange seeing Mike Myers dressed up as a cat but he did have a very good lead role. There are some downsides with this film such as some of it that isn't like the book and the children's over the top screaming when they first saw the Cat.

There are some good parts in this film such as the purple liquid down a slide and the animated versions of the Universal and Dreamworks logos. The part that is most like the book is when the Cat and some others enter the house with a special cleaning machine.

If there was a rating out of 10, I'd give this film a 7, otherwise I give it a 3/5.
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on 30 May 2015
"You do realise of course, that the films in this category though watched by me, are bought for and watched by my grandchildren aged 5, 3 and 1. I do of course watch them when I'm visiting. These ratings are based information received from my daughter and son in law, together with my own thoughts. Things that are taken into account include a) ' the quiet factor or did it keep them quiet' b) ' the attention span or did it capture their attention’. Both a) and b) are similar but the latter category may involve laughter and numerous questions and comments throughout the movie. Both categories however, are time related inasmuch as ' for how long' has a definite bearing. Other factors involved with the ratings given, also include c) The number of repeat viewings that we get, often immediately after they've watched it for the first time and d) their comments regarding the film and whether or not it wins critical acclaim with the award of that much sought after “Munchkin Thumbs Up ". I must admit of course that with the help of my adorable grandchildren, I have entered in that wonderful realm of ' The Second Childhood ' and loving every minute of it! This review will be repeated for all films intended for my grandchildren. Look out for the “Grandad Buttons Solid Gold Award ". Films that enter this category must include not only the aforementioned factors a) to d), but must also have a good storyline, acting and direction. “In other words they must have that “wow factor “!
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on 27 December 2010
This film has persisted as our family all-time favourite for three years now and I am only ordering a new one because we lost the original on holiday and some days its the only dvd that we can all agree on to watch (my kids are now 6 and 8). As other reviewers have mentioned it would be fair to say that the script and plot only really reference the original books (which both our kids also love), but the one-liners which Mike Myers (the Cat) comes out with are utterly hilarious and if the kids are watching, my husband and I always want to sneak a peek too. I think it has something for all ages, but agree with one reviewer that some young children might find some things a bit perilous, although is ultimately a happy ending. I am sorry that this film never became as popular as all our family feel it should have been. When we talk to other families almost no one has seen it or even heard of it. Perhaps the mistake was to call it the Cat in the Hat, as I guess is would attract fans of the books which are altogether more docile and well behaved. This is a riotous, messy, irreverential film about a broken family with a single working mum, who push their angst to the limit before finding that they all really love each other and that things are ok if they stick together. Not such a bad moral in the end.... and lots of laughs along the way - give it a go!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 4 March 2012
This film keeps my grandaughter quite she sits glued to it when ever some one will put it on for her (needs to learn how to switch on herself)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 29 June 2012
Kids love this film and now we have it on DVD they can watch it whenever they want!
Great value from Amazon and delivered quickly
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The film starts well setting "the stage" for the story to happen. It reminds me of the other Seuss stories, Tim Burton stories and a touch of Monty Python. But once the cat comes on the scene, played by one of my favourite actors (Mike Meyers), it seems to go down hill. The Cat is supposed to do fun stuff with the kids to losen them up from their stuffy old lives. Yet by doing so, it completely loses the threat of the story and it doesn't seem to make sense anymore, only to come together again (somewhat) at the end. Don't get me wrong. I absolutely love weird and wonderful, but for some reason it didn't quite work. I still haven't worked out exactly why, but perhaps you should watch the movie yourself and make up your own mind. The weird and wonderful sense is very much there, if you like this kind of thing.
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on 21 June 2011
Mike Myers is just superb in this very funny family film. Its a bit bizarre at times, edgy, brightly coloured and a bit naughty in parts but absolutely hilarious. We happened to catch half of it on bbc recently and we were hookedand bought the dvd.

The film itself totally deserves 5 stars but I've dropped a star because in one or two areas its just a little crude for the kids its targetted at, which did make me cringe. Like 'I'll get you and it will look like a bl**dy accident' why does this have to be the bit my kids repeat over and over!!!! And theres a bit where the cat is bending over the couch showing half of his bottom - my kids also copy this constantly too.

I know its nothing like the book but we liked it - and it is possible to take it at face value and just enjoy.
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on 8 October 2011
Unlike some of the other reviewers, I've absolutely no issues with the fact that this film 'expands' on the book significantly. After all, if it had just used what was in the book it would have been a very short film indeed!

But in these days where kids films are much more sophisticated and suitable for an adult audience, The Cat in the Hat really disappoints. Mike Myers' jokes are truly abysmal, Alec Baldwin's performance is embarrassing and the quirkiness frankly just comes across as very strange.

However, I'm not the main audience of this film, and my soon-to-be five year old LOVED it. He's watched it several times, and this of course is the important thing. It's just not one of the films we'd choose when looking for something to watch as an entire family.
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