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(2003), PG

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
November 21, 2003
68 out of 100

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If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.

(2003), PG -- Dr. Seuss is probably turning in his grave ...

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Universal Pictures, DreamWorks SKG, Imagine Entertainment, Alphaville Films Distribution (US): Universal Pictures
Director(s): Bo Welch
Producer(s): Brian Grazer, Arlene Kehela, Karen Kehela, Eric McLeod, Maureen Peyrot, Aldric La'Auli Porter, Gregg Taylor
Written by: Dr. Seuss
Screenplay: Alec Berg, David Mandel, Jeff Schaffer
Cinematography/Camera: Emmanuel Lubezki
Music: David Newman, Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman
Film Editing: Don Zimmerman
Casting: Juel Bestrop, Jeanne McCarthy
Production Design: Alex McDowell
Art Direction: Alec Hammond, Sean Haworth

One reviewer said The Cat in the Hat contained programing not only for the young but for the adults in the audience, implying slight vulgarity and/or crudity normally reserved for "adult" films (as if such programming makes one an adult). He was right. In one case, a writer (which I am certain was not Dr.Seuss) gave a name to a special vehicle of some sort which had an acronym that spelled a foul word. And it was clearly intentional. That is only one, a minor one by comparison.

Mom, whose name is Joan (Kelly Preston) was a new real estate agent working for Mr. Hank Humberfloob (Sean Hayes), real estate giant of the town of Anville where every lawn is mowed daily, twice daily if needed. What a challenge! All houses were pink and looked like they came from the same cut-out, punch-out pattern. One afternoon, the babysitter for Joan's 12 year old son, Conrad (Spencer Breslin) and younger sister, Sally (Dakota Fanning) had to leave the house. After calling mom at work, she had to leave the real estate office to return home for her kids. Finding another babysitter, Mrs. Kwan (Amy Hill), Joan was able to return to work. Joan left specific instructions that NO ONE was to set foot in the family's spic-n-span living room because Joan must host a vital business party that evening.

Conrad was a compulsive rule-breaker while Sally was a control freak. Sally had a palm pilot for her snitch list and her to-do list. She even had a to-do list item to make a to-do list for tomorrow. Mrs. Kwan seemed capable enough if it were not for her sleeping all the time. Mrs. Kwan sleeping all the time provided the perfect opportunity for the likes of Conrad. And he took full advantage of the opportunity.

Then came the cat in the hat (Mike Myers). Myers is famous because of his performances in the Austin Powers movies. I have seen only two: Goldmember and The Spy Who... Both were PG-13 (rather, one was R-13 but both were vulgar. Though The Cat in the Hat is a "kids' show" I expected some performances in it to be disrespectful of wholesome ethics ... and Myers did not disappoint me. Well, actually he did disappoint me -- again -- but he did not fail to meet my expectations of him or the movie in which he stars. One scene in The Cat in the Hat has Myers wearing posterior pads to appear as bare buttocks, repeatedly. In another scene, though not by Myers but by Alec Baldwin, who played the neighbor Lawrence Quinn with less-than-noble marriage designs on Joan, displayed some sort of moronic, tongue-hanging ecstasy while twirling his finger in his naval. In another scene, Myers took a fancy to a framed picture of Joan then opened the frame to reveal an "unfolding centerfold" format to the picture then made arousal expressions and mannerisms including his previously sagging hat standing straight up. [Prov. 30:12; 1 John 2:15; 1Ths. 4:3; Gal. 5:19] Vulgar to hear these things, is it? Your kids will hear and see them if you take them to see The Cat in the Hat. I didn't write this movie, folks. I don't write movies. I just report to you on their content so you can make an informed decision whether they are fit for your family or not. [Eph. 5:4]

With a final score of 68, The Cat in the Hat scored at the very bottom-of-the-barrel of the scoring range earned by PG movies in the comparative baseline database (86 to 68 out of 100), making it a "hardcore" PG. And almost all of its scoring loss is due to matters of impudence/arrogance (I) and sexually suggestive performances (S). And, of course, there is "redemption" of the youthful disobedience and wrongdoings provided in the end. As if your young ones are going to pay more attention to the "redemption" which takes about 1% of the total screen time and less attention to the 99% of screen time spent on encouraging mischief and impudence, all made to look delightful and acceptable [Isa. 5:20; Acts 13:10].

I am not going to spend a lot of time summarizing the content of this movie. The listing in the Findings/Scoring section provides all that was noted. And there is more, much more to be found in the Findings/Scoring section. If I believed it possible, I would suspect Dr. Seuss is probably turning in his grave at this vulgarization of his art. And I suspect Jesus is making notes pursuant Luke 17:2.

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  • Prov. 30:12 There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness.
  • 1 John 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. [I call attention to Ps. 12:8 (below) and Eph. 5:4 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of this sort of "entertainment" and just to let you know that God knows about "vulgar" and "obscene."]
  • 1Ths. 4:3 It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality;
  • Gal. 5:19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;
  • Isa. 5:20 Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.
  • Acts 13:10 And said, O full of all subtlety and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it. I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change [warp, distort, falsely represent, situationally redefine, counterfeit, conditionally apply] the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.

    The Cat in the Hat (2003) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • image of hanging by a noose around the neck from a tree
  • reckless driving

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • mischief = fun
  • adolescent mischief, repeatedly
  • adolescent lies, repeatedly
  • adult deceit to be rid of child
  • adolescent speaking hate of his mother
  • mother speaking hate of her son
  • "We don't have to tell your mother" from babysitter to children
  • flatulence
  • encouraging disobedience
  • muffled/masked foul words or euphemism, three times
  • long session of mischief
  • lie to mother about the whereabouts of her children
  • animal urination, twice
  • sleeping while babysitting

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • camera angle to force viewer to see up the dress of a child
  • sexual innuendo and imagery emulating arousal
  • dress to highlight female anatomy
  • crude anatomical humor, repeatedly
  • sexual innuendo
  • crotch hit with baseball bat
  • dressing to maximize the female for and/or skin exposure
  • excessive cleavage

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • beer

    Offense to God (O)
  • muffled use of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

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