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Jim Carrey takes on Dr. Seuss

Dec. 1, 2000

By MONIQUE BECK

Reporter

Imagine a small town called Whoville filled with happy Who citizens preparing for their annual Christmas holiday festivities. The Whos involve themselves in a plot based on a 1957 Theodor S. Geisel book, and the only thing that can save their efforts is the work of Jim Carrey as the Grinch.

Dr. Suess' How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a humorous 105-minute holiday movie that can be described as charming but not remotely as classic as Chuck Jones' famous half-hour cartoon.

Director Ron Howard attempts to explain to the viewing audience why the Grinch is such a scrooge for Christmas. Apparently the green, furry creature's grade school peers ridiculed him during the holidays. The Grinch was put to pure shame and humiliation in front of the girl he loved, Martha May Whovier (Christine Baranski), by head taunter May Who (Jeffrey Tambor).

After this encounter, the child Grinch retires atop Mount Crumpit to wallow in self-pity. He grows into adulthood hating Christmas each year.

He hates the Whos even more now that May Who is the mayor and Martha May Whovier, his long lost love, is the mayor's girlfriend and the most sought-after woman in town.

This psychological profile of the Grinch is new to viewers and captures interest, but it only adds minutes to the lengthy movie. This only takes away from his miraculous change of heart to come and the whole moral of the story.

Another new spill is Cindy Lou Who (Taylor Momsen) who believes there is some good in the Grinch. She nominates the Grinch as Whoville's Holiday Cheer-meister. He accepts and commences to provoke viewers to hysterical laughter with his antics, punch lines and contorted facial features.

In spite of its downfalls, the fact still remains that The Grinch fulfills its purpose to entertain the audience and leave viewers with a plethora of holiday cheer.