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Today is a special day for Conrad and Sally Walden--even though they don't think it is. It seems that Sally and Conrad, different as black and white, have pushed their single mom, Joan Walden, to the ... read more read more...limit. Conrad's endless rule breaking 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. Sally, tightly wound though well-behaved, has bossed away every friend she has, and divides her time between upbraiding her brother and putting new 'To Do' lists in 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. However, on the Saturday that she is to host her company's party, Joan's preparations have fallen prey to Conrad's shenanigans. Thus, she lays down a mom-sized decree: Sally and Conrad are not to leave the house while she is at work; furthermore, they are forbidden from making a mess or misbehaving in any way. The kids are left with little to do besides sit and stare out of the window, while their babysitter, Mrs. Kwan, dozes in the den. Until their unexpected guest--a six-foot-tall talking feline, sporting a red-and-white-striped stovepipe hat--appears. The original party animal himself arrives to turn their world upside down by showing Sally and Conrad that "it's good to have fun--but you have to know how!"

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DVD Release Date: March 16, 2004

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  • June 29, 2008
    Not good, wasnt impressed
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  • August 14, 2012
    If I really had to think about it, this might very well be the worst film I've ever seen. It's not enough that it is atrociously obnoxious and annoying, but what really gets me is how badly they screwed up in adapting such a simple, classic, and straightforward story. Sure, I und... read moreerstand that they had to pad it out, being that it's live action and that the source material is really brief, but still...THIS is the end result?!?!

    The execution is just ridiculously over the top, in your face, and annoying, Mike Meyers, who is really just playing a hyper version of himself in a cat costume and makeup, makes me want to carve my eyes out with a rusty spoon. I really don't have that much problem with him in general, but he really went off the deep end here, and I have no idea what he was thinking. I really don't remember much of Alec Baldwin's performance, but I'm sure it's something he wishes wasn't on his resume. All I remember from Breslin and Fanning is that they spent a fair amount of time frowning at Meyers, as if they knew they were in a giant pile of crap.

    This is dumb, vile, and one of the biggest slaps to the face of Seuss and his legacy that I've seen, and that's without considering that I wasn't interested in seeing this in the first place, but just happened to because I was at school, the semester was almost over, and the teacher didn't apparently have any respect for our intelligence and thought we, a bunch of high schoolers, would enjoy watching one of her kids's movies since she apparently didn't have anything more on our level, or just didn't trust us to watch anything PG-13 or higher since her rep would be on the line. What a bunch of crap.

    The ONLY thing I can really give this movie in the way of a compliment is that the look is decent, and there's some okay art direction/set design, but even my enjoyment of that is sullied since it's being used in the most lazy and poor attempt to cash in on something great just ofr money. Also, the fact that some of the cast actually managed to recover from this is some sort of miracle. Avoid this one at all costs, especially if you'd prefer to have your childhood not molested.
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    August 14, 2012
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    One of the biggest Hollywood tragedies of the last decade.
  • August 1, 2012
    Wanna see Mike Myers completely and utterly humiliate himself doing one atrocious and annoying impersonation after another? Then this movie is for you. Completely awful in every regards and a horrible adaptation of Dr. Seuss' book.
  • March 17, 2012
    Awful...
  • June 23, 2011
    Quite funny. Love thing 1 and thing 2!
  • May 31, 2011
    This was much better than I thought it would be but as you can probably tell from my 1 1/2 star rating, I really wasn't expecting much. Some scenes were funny but this isn't anything like Dr. Seuss's Cat in the Hat. Sack the props dept for starters! Give me Mike Myers over Jim Ca... read morerrey any day though! (That isn't a recommendation BTW)
  • March 22, 2011
    A truly horrible film, it has no appealing moments and was gross for a kids movie.
  • January 3, 2011
    It was a lot more like a dr. seuss book then the grinch live action movie and for that it works, and unlike most people who hated mike myers in this movie i liked him in it

Critic Reviews


Richard Roeper
November 24, 2003
Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper

First published in 1957, The Cat In The Hat is one of the most-loved and best-selling children's books ever. It's also a mere 1,600 words -- and even at 82 minutes, the movie version seems like a big ... Full Review

Charles Taylor
November 22, 2003
Charles Taylor, Salon.com

The best argument yet made for extending artists' rights beyond the grave. Full Review

Desson Thomson
November 21, 2003
Desson Thomson, Washington Post

About as creatively inspired as a giant hairball.

Stephen Hunter
November 21, 2003
Stephen Hunter, Washington Post

So good it breaks your heart for not being better. Full Review

Todd McCarthy
November 21, 2003
Todd McCarthy, Variety

The younger the viewers, the better reactions are bound to be, while grownups will sit still in varying states of bemusement and discomfiture. Full Review

Claudia Puig
November 21, 2003
Claudia Puig, USA Today

The Cat in the Hat is long on visual dazzle but short on warmth, and the humor is excessively raunchy for a family film. Full Review

Susan Walker
November 21, 2003
Susan Walker, Toronto Star

The Cat In The Hat goes splat. Full Review

Mary Brennan
November 21, 2003
Mary Brennan, Seattle Times

The movie has some mildly amusing moments, but it completely lacks the wild glee and irresistible rhythm of the book. Full Review

C.W. Nevius
November 21, 2003
C.W. Nevius, San Francisco Chronicle

It is hard to say who is less recognizable in The Cat in the Hat, Mike Myers or the actual Cat in the Hat. Full Review

Jay Boyar
November 21, 2003
Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel

The movie is so disappointing, in fact, that it makes Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas look like a masterpiece. Full Review

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Facts


    • Sally Walden: Stop! That's mom's dress!
    • The Cat in the Hat: This filthy thing?
    • Sally Walden: She was going to wear that tonight and you ruined it!
    • The Cat in the Hat: Honey, it was ruined when she bought it.
    • The Cat in the Hat: [cat chops his tail]
    • Sally Walden: Um, Cat. Your tail!
    • The Cat in the Hat: What about it? Oh I see! I chopped it off. Well that's interesting because... Son of a bi... [it goes to the technical difficulties screen]
    • The Cat in the Hat: The name S.L.O.W is better than the last name we had. Super Hydraulic Instantaneous Transporter.
    • Conrad Walden: Oh! You mean...
    • The Cat in the Hat: Doh! Quick to the Slow!
    • Fish: Aah!
    • The Cat in the Hat: *flush fish in toilet*
    • Fish: *escape sewers and toilet* Water... water... *death*
    • The Cat in the Hat: Who's this?
    • Sally Walden: That's our babysitter.
    • The Cat in the Hat: So wait, you mean that you pay this woman to sit on babies? Well that's disgusting!
    • The Cat in the Hat: I'm your host, the guy in the sweaterwho asks all the obvious questions.

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