2003 Running time: 82 Certificate: pg Not yet rated

Synopsis

Mike Myers swaps Austin Powers' crushed velvet flares and NHS dentistry for whiskers and a stovepipe hat for this kid's action caper. He's the Cat in the Hat - a feckless feline who pops up in the suburban world of feuding brother and sister Conrad (Spencer Breslin) and Sally (Dakota Fanning). They're at it like, er, cat and dog when the CITH springs out of a wardrobe and literally turns their world upside down. Watch out for Will & Grace's Sean Hayes, who almost steals the show as an unpleasant estate agent.

Director

  • Bo Welch

Cast

  • Spencer Breslin

  • Mike Myers

  • Dakota Fanning

  • Alec Baldwin

  • Kelly Preston

  • Sean Hayes

Review

Mike Myers swaps Austin Powers' crushed velvet flares and NHS dentistry for whiskers and a stovepipe hat for this kid's action caper.

He's the Cat in the Hat - a feckless feline who pops up in the suburban world of feuding brother and sister Conrad (Breslin) and Sally (Fanning).

They're at it like, er, cat and dog when the CITH springs out of a wardrobe and literally turns their world upside down.

On strict instructions to keep the house neat and tidy while mom's at work. they find themselves fighting a losing battle against the meddling moggie.

Aided and abetted by pocket hellraisers Thing One and Thing Two, The Cat embarks on an afternoon of "pure unadulterated fun without good sense or judgement."

Fanning continues to impress as the order-obsessed little madam while Breslin doesn't quite win as much sympathy as the rebellious sibling.

Myers brings his little bag of tics and tricks to the part, which he makes attractive through sheer strength of character.

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