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In this live-action adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic, the curmudgeonly Grinch plots to ruin Christmas for his neighbors, the Whos down in Whoville. Meanwhile, a disheartened Who girl, Cindy Lou, becomes fascinated by the Grinch, eager to get to the bottom of his uniquely uncheery spirit. The Grinch enlists his dog to help him carry out his diabolical scheme, but is he mean enough to steal every gift, tree, and meal on Christmas Eve?

The answer to that question is the reason why I love every version of the Grinch, including Jim Carrey’s hilarious rendition in this movie. Watching the evolution of the Grinch’s bitterness, Cindy Lou’s empathy, and Whoville’s surprising reaction to the green misanthrope reminds me that Christmas doesn’t always go as planned, no matter how good (or awful) your intentions. During a season filled with extravagant expectations, ramped-up materialism, and ambivalent feelings about friends and family, the movie brings a timely message.

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Where to Watch 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas'

Christmas came early this year: turns out you don’t need cable to enjoy your favorite holiday movies. Instead, you can stream “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” on one of the following platforms:

Who Stars in ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’?

Jim Carrey was made for the star role, combining the humor of “Ace Ventura,” the mischief of “The Mask,” and absurdity of “Dumb and Dumberer” into a devilish but lovable Grinch. Check out the some of the most notable cast members bringing Dr. Seuss’ picture book to life:

  • Jim Carrey as “Grinch”
  • Taylor Momsen as “Cindy Lou Who”
  • Jeffrey Tambor as “Mayor Augustus Maywho”
  • Christine Baranski as “Martha May Whovier”

Parents Guide on ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’

Wondering if this movie is appropriate for the littles in your family? ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ is rated PG for some crude humor. Take a look at the following chart to get a sense of what to expect from this family-favorite film:

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Sex & Nudity

As is typical of movies starring rambunctious comedian Jim Carrey, some of the humor in this film is really for the parents. For example, the Grinch burns a Christmas tree down with liquor and promises that “there will be Hell to pay” at one point.

Overall, we think this movie is appropriate for viewers seven and older, but caring adults should stick around to answer questions that may arise.

More Christmas Movies for You to Stream

Looking for movies like ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’? Get the hot cocoa and Christmas onesies ready because this lineup was made for holiday snuggles:

  • The Grinch – From the directors of the Minions, this animated adaption is a fresh, comedic, and heartwarming take on the classic Grinch story.
  • A Christmas Story – This hilarious quest for the perfect Christmas gift delights viewers in every generation, one reason this film’s been a family favorite for almost four decades.
  • Elf – If watching your favorite comedian bring a children’s story to life is your thing, you’ll love the story of Buddy, a grown man raised as an elf searching for his human father.

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