The Cat In The Hat

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(out of 5)


It’s rather difficult to decide what’s the worst aspect of this dreadful adaptation of the popular Dr. Seuss novel. Could it be the painfully queasy production design that seems to have cost a bundle of money but at the same time looks incredibly cheap? Maybe it’s the disgusting screenplay that takes Seuss’s charming dialogue and adds cheap fart jokes to “modernize” it for today’s audiences. Most of the annoyance must lie in the excrementally bad performance by , who is so unappealing as to force you to look away from the screen. He plays the magical cat who shows up at the home of two precocious youngsters (, ) and turns their house upside down on the day that their hardworking single mother () is having a company party. Meanwhile, evil neighbour  is masquerading as a suave suitor to convince Preston to marry him, thereby allowing him to send Breslin to military school and be rid of him for good. The plot’s obvious inevitability is not what ruins the film, it’s the fact that you just can’t get to the end soon enough while you’re watching it. I warn you, some audience members might experience actual physical pain from watching this stinky pile of kitty litter.


, DreamWorks,

USA, 2003

Directed by 

Screenplay by , , , based on the book by 

Cinematography by 

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by


CatInTheHat

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