On MUTVStream: “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” will steal your heart

By Allison Mann, The Prowl

I think it is safe to stay that most people have seen or know the story of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” I would also think it is safe to say that suggesting you watch Jim Carey’s version would result in a response of “do you think I’m five?” Well, too bad because that is precisely what I am suggesting.

To anyone whose childhood somehow left out the infamous story of the Grinch, allow me to clue you in. Written by the one and only Dr. Seuss, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” takes place in the imaginary little town of Whoville just south of Mount Crumpit, home of the Grinch. The community of  “Whos” basically goes through the entire year waiting for Christmas Day and, more importantly, the presents that come with it.

The film opens to the day before Christmas where a townsman informs everyone of exactly how much time they have left until the big day. The Whos run around frantically buying as many gifts as possible. And that is when we meet Cindy Lou Who (Taylor Momsen), more currently recognized as Jenny from “Gossip Girl” and lead singer of The Pretty Reckless. Cindy Lou Who is a Who just looking to spread the true spirit of Christmas cheer, even to the dreaded Grinch, famously played by Jim Carey.

The Grinch is a green hairy man—or thing—with some serious grudges. After enduring years of torment from the Whos of Whoville, he resides at the top of Mount Crumpit. While his life did not start high in the mountains, past events have led the Grinch to loathe all of Whoville and more specifically, the holiday season. Each day he goes through a phone book declaring his hate for each Who among other interesting hobbies. Just a few examples include wallowing in self -pity, arguing with his echo and sorting through garbage.

Little Cindy Lou makes it her mission to bring the Grinch out of his slump. Along the way, director Ron Howard deftly illustrates a community blinded by materialism. We have the Whoville Housewife stand-off, who can get the best presents and how everyone has completely ignored the importance of spirit rather than possessions. With rhyming words (that aren’t even real words), we are all taught the most important lesson of the holidays and it’s the same thing my mom says when I ask her what she wants for Christmas: “I have my family, I don’t need anything else.” Yes it is all cheesy and what not but I cannot express how it feels to watch a film and notice all the little things that just did not make sense before. Plus, who can resist the insane exaggerated charisma of Jim Carey, his performance as the Grinch was at the peak of his career and entertaining for everyone.

So when your little cousin is driving you insane during this year’s holiday festivities, just think that you can thank the MUTVStream for the perfect distraction and watch a modern take on a true classic here. And if that scenario is not enough, I propose a challenge: watch and see if you can catch the Grinch say “bitchin,” — oh yeah, that happens.