On the outskirts of Whoville lives a green, revenge-seeking Grinch who plans to ruin Christmas for all of the citizens of the town.


Ron Howard


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Carrey ... Grinch
Taylor Momsen ... Cindy Lou Who
Kelley ... Max
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 Lacey Kohl ... Christina Whoterberry


Inside a snowflake exists the magical land of Whoville, wherein live the Whos, an almost-mutated sort of Munchkin-like people who all love Christmas. Just outside of their beloved town lives the Grinch (Jim Carrey), a nasty creature that hates Christmas and plans to steal it from the Whos, which he equally abhors. Little Cindy Lou Who (Taylor Momsen) decides to befriend the Grinch. Written by Filmfreak <webmaster@filmfreak.co.za>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some crude humor | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


The original Grinch was not green. Like everything else in the book, he was black and white with some red and pink splotches, but producer and director Ron Howard wanted this movie to also be an adaptation of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966). See more »


On the close up shots of Martha May using the Light Gun she is shaking with the gun and the lights on the spool are lit. On the wide shots only the gun is shaking and the lights on the spool are off. See more »


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

The superimposed opening credits is colored red and green, to both represent The Grinch & his heart and the main colors of Christmas. See more »

Alternate Versions

The network TV version of the movie added scenes not shown on the DVD including an extended version of the "Present, pass-it-on" sequence. See more »


Spoofs Ransom (1996) See more »


Christmas Is Going To The Dogs
Written and Produced by Mark Oliver Everett
Performed by Eels
Courtesy of DreamWorks Records
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CU Film Critic takes on "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."
17 October 2001 | by JehuDVDSee all my reviews

I've seen far many, many reviews of `Dr. Seuss' How the The Grinch Stole Christmas' in which critics can't resist the urge to write in rhyme, and every last one I've read irritates me. Yet, as I sit to begin my review, I feel the uncontrollable urge to begin rhyming myself. I promise not to.

I remember being excited to hear that there would be a live action version of `The Grinch' starring Jim Carrey, and I also remember being disturbed to hear that it would be directed by Ron `Opie' Howard. I had hoping for an artistic genius such as Tim Burton or a holiday entertainment luminary like John Hughes. Oddly, Opie pulled this one off.

If you want to see a good, fun holiday movie, go see this one. I'm not going to start comparing it to the classic animated `Grinch,' but I think it did a noteworthy job of giving some back story on the Grinch's character and a little history on the town of Whoville.

It also attempted to answer some age old questions- most notably, `Where is Whoville?' Well, the movie begins by showing, visually, that Whoville exists deep inside a tiny snowflake. The only problem with this is that the rest of the film goes on to prove that Whoville is actually located in northern Minnesota.

I've noticed that Jim Carrey is a lot more fun to watch when he talks like Jimmy Stweart on crack. Honestly, I don't think anyone else could have pulled off such a classic character. Carrey's Grinch could be the standard by which we measure all other bastardized Hollywood versions of cherished childhood memories.

`The Grinch' is packed with Ron Howard's `in-jokes' and double entendres aimed at disillusioned Gen-Xers. Seuss purists may find this distasteful, but honestly, why spend millions of dollars on a big-budget remake if you're just going to rehash the same material?

Cindy Lou who had gigantic teeth and gigantic hair. She also sang a nice little tune. Let's move on.

The film's talent award goes to the dog. If anyone truly lived up to the persona given them in the original Seuss drawings, it was Max. Some may argue that Carrey's performance was more admirable. To those people, I say, `but the dog was cute and had an antler on his head for a good portion of the movie. Did Jim Carrey even attempt this feat? I think not.'

Let's look at `The Grinch' by the numbers. The props department provided 1,938 candy canes, 152,000 pounds of crushed marble (used for fake snow), 8,200 christmas tree ornaments, and no less than two million linear feet of styrofoam to build the city of Whoville itself. Opie got the studio to go all out financially, and it shows. The sets look like you'd expect Whoville to look. Great stuff.

`The Grinch' gets a `B+.' It won't by any means replace its predecessor as a holiday classic, but you'll leave the theater feeling like a six-year old.

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$123,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$55,082,330, 19 November 2000

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