The Universal Studios release of Mike Myers in The Cat in the Hat is quite funny. The film, which topped the USA cinema list last week, also has its share of detractors. Some, like Mary Pols of the Contra Costa Times, complain about the movie’s double entendres (erections, “dirty ‘hoes’” and more) and other “crude humor” that she labels “abhorrent.” Others say that as a film it is just “weak and flat” or a “misguided adaptation” of the Dr. Suess story.
Well phoey on you all. I like it. Myers is as funny as in his Austin Powers series, and the “crude” humor was designed to go over the heads of little ones. My 12-year old didn’t get half of the jokes anyway, but liked the film just as much as the 4-year olds in the row behind us. The movie could have used a bit more rhyme, but going from 223 words to 1 1/2 hours is a tribute in itself to the great Suess. You know, I bet they said the same things in 1934 about what The Wizard Of Oz did to L. Frank Baum’s book. Get over it.