The Cat in the Hat Does Paris
Dr. Seuss's classic comes to the big screen with style, barf jokes, and a newly-minted porn star.
11:00 PM, Nov 20, 2003 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
FINALLY, there's the matter of Paris Hilton. Miss Hilton makes a momentary appearance in "The Cat in the Hat"--a two-second cameo, during which the Cat gives her a randy once-over. It is a completely disposable scene, one which should have been cut two weeks ago when the story of the young lady's pornographic video first surfaced. The sages at Universal no doubt went into fast and serious deliberations trying to determine whether the Hilton cameo would hurt the film or help it. Obviously they settled on the latter.
Let's leave alone the thought that perhaps porn stars--so welcome now on network television, glossy magazine covers, and Times Square billboards--should stay out of kids' movies. (However, speaking for myself, I wouldn't want to catch one of my favorite childhood movies, say, "The Cat from Outer Space," on TNT next month and suddenly realize that one of the women who bumps into McLean Stevenson is Linda Lovelace.)
No, the real question is, what is the cutoff age at which children seeing "The Cat in the Hat" this weekend will connect the dots and understand who Paris Hilton is and why she's famous at this particular moment?
Parents afraid to learn the answer to this question will surely squirm in their seats during "The Cat in the Hat." A commercial-free pay channel for kids? It'd be like selling umbrellas in the rain.
Jonathan V. Last is online editor of The Weekly Standard.