Rated: PG

Distributed By:

Universal Pictures

Directed by:

Yarrow Cheney, Scott Mosier


Voices of Benedict Cumberbatch as the Grinch; Cameron Seely as Cindy Lou Who; Pharrell Williams as the Narrator

Adapted From:

Plugged In

The Grinch

by Adam Holz

Usually, it’s hard to improve on the original when it comes to remakes. But the latest animated version of Dr. Seuss’ greedy green grump manages to do just that. It takes the classic cartoon version, 1966’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and reboots it.

The Grinch is still pretty grinchy. But the new movie adds some layers to his character. We learn that the Grinch hates Christmas because he grew up as an orphan. He was always alone on the happy holiday, on the outside looking in.

As with the classic story, this Grinch (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) eventually realizes the error of his selfish ways, thanks to the kindness of Cindy Lou Who. We see the importance of family, friendship and celebrating Christmas with others.

Speaking of Christmas, this version features a couple of classic Christmas carols that are actually about Jesus! That’s pretty amazing from Hollywood these days.

Other than a silly scene with the Grinch in his underwear, there’s not too much naughty stuff here that needs a mention. It’s a film the whole family can enjoy together. (Just ask my kids: I laughed from beginning to end.)

“When word reached the king of Nineveh, he got up from his throne, took off his royal robe, put on sackcloth, and sat in ashes.” —Jonah 3:6

Have you ever met someone who seemed hopelessly bad? Maybe a bully at school or a selfish celebrity. In The Grinch, we see that a villain whose heart is “three sizes too small” can still change. Even the “grinchiest” person isn’t beyond forgiveness... or too far lost for God to save.

Several Bible stories highlight God’s forgiveness, including the story of Jonah. Nineveh was a city full of people who despised God. They were “the enemy.” So God sent Jonah to them. And you know what? The Ninevites repented; their hearts completely changed!

The next time you’re tempted to think, There’s no way that person can be saved, say a prayer instead. Ask God to send someone—maybe you—whose love and kindness gets that person’s attention. You might be surprised at what God does. He loves the “grinches” of the world and invites them to love Him too.

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