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SEVEN, Satur­day, 7pm, G ( 2000)

Jim Car­rey’s pow­er­house por­trayal of the fondly re­mem­bered ti­tle char­ac­ter from Dr Seuss’s clas­sic book saves di­rec­tor Ron Howard’s chaotic, un­fo­cused Christ­mas fa­ble from col­laps­ing un­der its own weight. Car­rey’s per­for­mance as the nasty furry green crea­ture ( pic­tured), a Yule­tide- hat­ing grouch who sets out to ruin the hol­i­day for the sweet- na­tured cit­i­zens of Whoville, is re­mark­able given the re­stric­tive Grinch suit he’s forced to en­dure. The source ma­te­rial is stretched be­yond any point of in­ter­est, the cin­e­matog­ra­phy far too gar­ish and sets very phony, but Car­rey’s ad- lib­heavy turn ranks among his best work.

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