December 6: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Directed by Ron Howard. Universal Pictures, 2000.

Pre-Screening Sips

  • This is a more recent addition to my annual Christmas movie list – my sister reintroduced it to me about five years ago and it’s been a favorite since

Post-Screening Snippets

  • Every year I am shook that this movie is narrated by Anthony Hopkins
  • I sincerely appreciate that Jim Carrey’s Grinch is a furry, green mass of pop culture references
  • Based on my USPS tracking information, I’m thinking The Grinch might be handling my mail in real life
  • Molly Shannon-Who vs. Christine Baranski-Who is the next Real Housewives we deserve
  • Whether or not you actually like this movie, you have to give credit to the hair and make-up team for creating the slightly-frighting, yet charming Who species
  • Maybe Jeffrey Tambor being an asshole and yelling at girls works so well in this because he drew from his personal life for inspiration
  • Like all horror monsters in modern remakes, there is a flashback tracing villainous origin to childhood trauma
  • The Grinch running around naked and alone in his house talking to himself and his pet is The 2020 Mood
  • The Grinch getting to be the Fudge Judge is the truth I wish to live
  • The stealing Christmas sequence is so freaking fun – I will now be saying, “slunk!” every time I enter a room
  • “Help me! I’m…feeling!” is how I start all of my therapy sessions

The Final Hot Chocolate

            How the Grinch Stole Christmas does not get the appreciation it deserves. I know Elf (2003) is the contemporary holiday classic that everyone loves to quote, but I think we need to throw The Grinch in there. “Are you two still living?” Amazing. “If you utter so much as one syllable, I’LL HUNT YOU DOWN AND GUT YOU LIKE A FISH! If you’d like to fax me, press the star key!” Hilar. “6:30, dinner with me—I can’t cancel that again!” Relatable. Between the hilarious and endlessly quotable villain and the catchy, superfluous mid-movie musical number, How The Grinch Stole Christmas deserves to be recognized as the Hocus Pocus (1993) of Christmas movies it is.  

GRADE: A

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