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Posted by: CarolKoster on Nov. 20, 2003 11:25 am/pm

The day before it opens in wide release Mike Myer's "Cat in the Hat" movie reviews are posted at < >

Not looking good for that movie as per "the critics".  But hype and product cross-promotion for this movie is literally everywhere you look in the marketplace.  So perhaps that will spark initial attendance among families who like Dr. Seuss and the trend in recent years to bring his children's stories to the big screen.

Parents may want to glance over the reviews ahead of time before deciding to head out to the movies with their little ones.  Parents might also want to know the infamous Paris Hilton (search in Google for the recent adult-natured headlines about her) appears in "Cat in the Hat", in a nightclub scene or something like that, heard it on FOX News Channel last night.  Of course, as always, parents know best and are the ones to make the ultimate decisions on these matters.

Posted by: CarolKoster on Nov. 20, 2003 7:32 am/pm

Regarding the commercialization of Cat in the Hat, this short article discusses the number of products and sponsors involved with this movie:  

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I read a post on a general movie discussion forum that said in part there was so many commercials and ads cross-promoting this movie with other products 'way before the movie came to theatres that already the person was tired of the movie and it wasn't even out yet.

If anyone goes to see Cat in the Hat please post your thoughts and opinions here.  Should be interesting.  There are some good reviews posted at Rotten Tomatoes about Cat in the Hat, by the way.  Will it be a big box office surprise?  Anyone who's seen it, what did you think?

Posted by: Goofyteer on Nov. 20, 2003 11:00 am/pm

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I read a post on a general movie discussion forum that said in part there was so many commercials and ads cross-promoting this movie with other products 'way before the movie came to theatres that already the person was tired of the movie and it wasn't even out yet.

Reminds me of Howard The Duck. Remember how much junk was dumped on the public before that one came out?

I once read in a newspaper years ago that there's a term for that sort of thing. Apparently Hollywood likes to say a movie like that is too "Gatsby-ized". From my understanding it's a reference to the movie The Great Gatsby which was marketed so much before its release that by the time it came out everyone had already felt like they had seen the movie :laugh:

Posted by: CarolKoster on Nov. 22, 2003 7:32 am/pm

The critic for the New Orleans Times Picayune, Michael H. Kleinschrodt, pointed out in his Friday November 21, 2003 review, among other crude references, that there is a vehicle in the movie known as the Super Hydraulic Instantaneous Transporter...the critic invited the reader to come up with the acronym.  Cat in the Hat is rated PG for mild (?) crude humor and double-entendres.  As of Friday night Rotten Tomatoes site only gave Cat in the Hat a 10% rating, meaning "rotten".  Over there the positive vs. negative reviews have to be 60% or higher to merit a "fresh" (majority positive reviews) rating.  When you read the few positive reviews it's like those critics are talking about a different movie!  

The very competitive part of the year end movie season is underway.  Take cover!

Anyone see Cat in the Hat yet?  Does it match the awful reviews it's getting, or is it better than those?  What do you think?

Posted by: experiment626 on Nov. 23, 2003 4:28 am/pm

My husband and I took my stepkids (10 and 15) to see Cat in the Hat this weekend. What a waste of money!! It was not funny, and the several times that the Cat does come very close to swearing is very offensive. There is a scene where the Cat is in the yard and picks up a hoe. Calls it a "dirty hoe" and then tongues it. There is also a blatant plug for Universal Studios in it.

I would not recommend this picture to/for anyone. I am just hoping it dies a quick quiet death. :thumbsdown:

Posted by: CarolKoster on Nov. 23, 2003 9:10 am/pm

These are estimated figures from Box Office Mojo for the 3-day weekend of November 21, 2003, final figures will be in at Box Office Mojo on Monday afternoon.

Dr. Seuss' Cat In The Hat

Production budget: $140,000,000; estimated marketing costs $40,000,000

Opened Friday, November 21, 2003 in 3,464 theatres.  Friday it earned an estimated $11,310,000.  Saturday it earned an estimated $16,434,000 which is up 45.3% from Friday.  Sunday it earned an estimated $12,331,000, which is down from Saturday by 25%.  Total estimated gross domestic box office for opening weekend $40,078,000 to be # 1 in gross U.S. domestic box office.

Over on Box Office Mojo you can click on a chart which compares Cat in the Hat's opening to "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" starring Jim Carrey last year.

Posted by: xmas03 on Nov. 25, 2003 6:32 am/pm

My family saw this movie on opening night with a sold out crowd.  I did not read anything about the movie, but our three children (5,5,8) love the book so we went.  What a mistake!  I was disappointed and dh fell asleep.  The adult-like humor is fitting of the movies' pg rating (I should have known) and unnecessary.  I am upset that the producers would target a movie to children (as they did with the Hulk) and include such 'almost' obcenities and insults to children.  At one point, the cat categorizes the boy in the movie as a bedwetter and makes fun of him.  Why is that funny to any adult?  I felt terrible for all of the kids in the audience who wet the bed.  Don't they have enough teasing from their peers.  I'm sure Dr. Seuss would not approve.    :angry: I am angry that anyone would make a movie from a beloved children's book, target it to young children and then fill their heads with such trash.  Skip it! :thumbsdown:

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