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Today is a special day for Conrad and Sally Walden—even though they don't think it is. But that's before a six-foot-tall talking feline appears, sporting a red-and-white striped stovepipe hat, a jaunty red bow tie and a super-sized fondness for fun. Now that's special.
PROFANITY: None. SEX/NUDITY: Fleeting, non-sexual rear nudity. VIOLENCE: Some slapsticky violent situations played for laughs. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some drinks at a party. ACTION: Chases by car and on foot. COMEDY: Silly slapsick, wisecracks, bodily function humor.
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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Average Myers sprinkles in some "mature" humor to provide a few laughs for the older folk in the audience, but it barely keeps the tedium at bay. For those who have crossed over the puberty line, the amusement value of The Cat in the Hat can be viewed on a sliding scale. It's moderately engaging for the first half-hour, somewhat trying during the second half hour, and virtually unbearable over the final twenty minutes. It's a marginally recommendable film for kids, but not necessarily for parents.
Roger EbertFull Review Average Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat is a triumph above all of production design. That's partly because the production design is so good, partly because the movie is so disappointing. It's another overwrought clunker like How the Grinch Stole Christmas, all effects and stunts and CGI and prosthetics, with no room for lightness and joy.
USA TodayFull Review Average The Cat in the Hat is long on visual dazzle but short on warmth, and the humor is excessively raunchy for a family film. But also like The Grinch, The Cat's snazzy look may be enough to make the movie a box office hit. ...this movie tries to say too much, cluttering a simple but charming story with unnecessary babble, excessive plot points and extraneous characters.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
We collected 100 opinions. First and most important, children thought The Cat in the Hat was great! Teens, both male and female, also enjoyed the cat. Both genders of the twentysomething group rated it just slightly lower than the teens. Only a few of them rated it as low as "Good." As for the adults, only about half the guys truly enjoyed it, but only a third of the ladies rated it above "Good," which isn't very good.
These mixed opinions make the cat a bit of a risk if you need to view the movie with your kids. Fortunately, the lowest opinions are "Fair" and there are only a few of them so having to see this movie certainly isn't likely to be painful, just maybe a little boring.
It seems that Sally (DAKOTA FANNING) and Conrad (SPENCER BRESLIN), different as black and white, have pushed their single mom, Joan Walden (KELLY PRESTON), to the limit. Conrad's endless rule breaking (the indoor stair luge) has his mom seriously considering military school for her son—an idea planted by her just-this
side-of-smarmy neighbor and suitor, Lawrence Quinn (ALEC BALDWIN). Sally, tightly wound though well behaved, has bossed away every friend she has and divides her time between upbraiding her brother and inputting new To Do lists into her junior palm pilot.
And all the while their mom is just trying to keep domestic peace while balancing a successful career as a real estate agent for her germophobe boss, Mr. Humberfloob (SEAN HAYES). But on the Saturday she is to host her company party, Joan's preparations have fallen prey to Conrad's shenanigans and she has laid down a mom-size decree: Sally and Conrad are not to leave the house while she is at work and are forbidden from making a mess or misbehaving in any way. The kids are left with little to do besides sit and stare out the window while their babysitter, Mrs. Kwan (AMY HILL), dozes in the den.
Until their unexpected guest—the original party animal himself—arrives to turn their world upside down by showing them that "it's good to have fun…but you have to know how!"