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Running Time:
78 minutes

Rating: PG Parental Guidance Suggested.

Rating Explanation:
for mild crude humor and some double-entendres

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
A nearly charmless live action version of the beloved Dr. Seuss classic won't even entertain too many kids, but will probably do well at the boxoffice because of the colorful sets and familiar Dr. Seuss character.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Dance-along with the Cat: with easy-to-follow steps; 16 deleted scenes: never-before-seen footage; 20 outtakes: bloopers featuring Mike Myers as the Cat; The Purrrr-fect Stamp: a look at the making of a new U.S. stamp celebrating the real Dr. Seuss; The Dirt on D.I.R.T.: how the magical cleaning machine came to life; Seussville U.S.A.: see how Pomona, CA was transformed into Seussland; The Music: a firsthand look at unusual Seussian instruments; Plus more on the Cat, the Fish, the kids and the S.L.O.W.

Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat
Jim Carrey's "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" was a big success obviously spawning this unfortunate rendition of Dr. Seuss's story about the fanciful cat in the colorful hat. Although there are a few amusing moments, there wasn't much plot in the original book, so screenwriters Alec Berg, David Mandel & Jeff Schaffer made one up one, but sadly they aren't Dr. Seuss, not nearly. The story begins when Sally (Dakota Fanning) and Conrad (Spencer Breslin) are at home being bored while being watched by their baby-sitter. Their over-stressed single mom (Kelly Preston), a real estate agent, is busy preparing a company party for her germaphobic boss (Sean Hayes). Then suddenly, the Cat in the Hat (Mike Myers) a six-foot tall feline with a penchant for mischief, appears. It doesn't take long for him (with help from Thing One, Thing Two, Sally who's a control freak, and Conrad who's a rule breaker) to make a mess of the house before turning he turns his attention to the outside world. Meanwhile, Mom's seedy boyfriend Quinn (Alec Baldwin) watches all of this with an eye to turning things to his own advantage. There are only two things to recommend this movie and they are the impressive production design and watching Mike Myers having fun. He's always doing something odd, often using a voice imitation and/or a costume change. But, after a while, even Mike Myers' high-energy starts to wear thin. For the most part, however, he manages not to be upstaged by the garish sets. The Cat in the Hat looks like a children's book come to life, which is, of course, is what it wants to be, but after the first thirty minutes or so, it starts going downhill and by the end of an hour you'll be wishing it would end soon, which it mercifully does, but not soon enough.

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