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How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), (PG)
CAP Score: 84
CAP Influence Density: 0.29
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SUMMARY / COMMENTARY:
HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS (PG) -- some of the adult reactions were not good.
Before you read on, please remember that we are not here to try to tell you how wonderful a movie is or how you should feel a "message" or "point" is good for your kids. That is YOUR job. Our job is to tell you the truth about a movie using the teachings and expectations of Jesus as the investigation standards: the truth neither the advertisers nor the MPAA can or will tell you.
This was a perplexing movie. Like many of the Bugs Bunny(tm) cartoons written around World War II, much of this movie was clearly not understandable by the apparent target audience of toddlers and young adolescents, or at least should not be understandable by them. But then a major thrust of the entertainment industry (whether intentional) is stealing childhood from children (see SAD BUT TRUE Intro) [Matt. 18:10]. There was a great deal of "adult-level" humor (as if these are supposed to be funny) such as the Grinch's face between the breasts of Martha, his sweetheart when children, and holding a twig of mistletoe on his posterior, aiming it at the Whoville crowd and saying kiss it [Luke 17:2]. I wonder now how many families will see that in their homes this Christmas? There was a great deal more reaction to the programming from the adults in the audience than from the kids which is evidence of the content. And some of the adult reactions were not good.
This is the old Seuss story of how the Grinch stole Christmas, expanded to fill 106 minutes with whowhoggles and ziptanglers and dingleblingers. The stratum of this movie understandable by the target group was delightful: colorful, action-oriented, pleasant, ingenious and warm. But under that mask included a single use of foul language, yelling hatefully at a child by an authority figure, sexual matters such as a sensuous outfit with a clear statement, and a lengthy and very detailed sequence explaining how the Grinch became so mean. It was because of kids bitterly mocking him and calling him names as a child. That, too, is also an age-old story, but in these later days as extremes exponentially increase (see Significant Discovery at the conclusion of ATTITUDE! In Perspective) so does sensitivity. Foolishness bound in the hearts of youth [Prov. 22:15] has exploded into kids killing kids, even themselves. Isn't this the kind of childhood viciousness at which schools are implementing zero tolerance to address preventing such things as Columbine? I know it seems like a h-u-g-e leap from How the Grinch Stole Christmas to Columbine, but is it really?
Though somewhat offensive in content, the physical performance of Jim Carrey (the Grinch) was a acrobatic work of art. The physical demands of this production were extreme -- and he met every one of them and met them well. And the artistry of his makeup and outfit was indeed magnificent. Too bad the outfit didn't hide a little more of his posterior anatomy. And while Taylor Momsen (Cindy Lou Who) was more of a connective and transitional device than an integral character, she was a delightful addition to the cast.
Also what might be concern to parents but not incorporated into the analysis model were the previews of other shows on the How the Grinch Stole Christmas film reels. The language and sexual content of them were NOT good. In one, an adult woman opened her trench coat to reveal her underwear as a gift to a man while a several dozen 5 to 10 year old eyes looked up.
As usual, I will leave the full accounting -- the listing -- of ignominy in this movie to the Findings/Scoring section.
As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
FINDINGS / SCORING:
NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely, definitely when plural.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
Offense to God (O)(2):