THE GRINCH | British Board of Film Classification
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Type of media Video

Approved Running time 100m 35s

Director(s) Ron Howard

Cast includes Jim Carrey, Jeffrey Tambor, Christine Baranski, Molly Shannon, Anthony Hopkins (narrator), Josh Ryan Evans, Frankie Ray, Jeremy Howard, Walter Franks, Bill Irwin, Lacey Kohl, Suzanne Krull, Jim Meskimen, Taylor Momsen, Jessica Sara, Mary Stein, Mindy Sterling, Verne Troyer, Rachel Winfree

Cut This work was passed uncut.

  • Parental guidance iconPG

Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 21/08/2018

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

THE GRINCH is an adaptation of Dr Seuss's 1957 book, 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas', in which a green hairy monster tries to spoil the festive season.


The Grinch attempts to scare people, although these scenes are brief and comic.

In some scenes the Grinch performs tricks that would be dangerous if copied, such as eating the top of a glass bottle, eating hot coals, and lighting his alcoholic breath with a blowtorch. However, it is clear that the Grinch is a fantastical character within a fantastical world and there is no suggestion that people could safely emulate such behaviour.

There are moments of innuendo and rude humour involving the Grinch, such as his hand landing on a woman's chest, turning his backside towards spectators and telling them to "kiss it", and placing a dog's rear end next to the face of a man dreaming about kissing a woman. The dog's eyes then widen, implying the man has kissed its backside. In another scene, a cat is accidentally sucked up into a vacuum cleaner and a dog is thrown into some snow, but there is no evidence any animals were harmed.

Flashbacks to the Grinch being laughed at and bullied at school are used to explain his personality, but the bullying is not condoned. Infrequent very mild bad language includes a use of 'blast'.


Front Row TV Ltd
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Submitted run time
100m 35s
BBFC reference
Video On Demand

Rating information

The version of this work detailed above is rated by the BBFC under the Video Recordings Act 1984 for use on any Packaged Media format (including DVD, Blu-ray and VHS). This classification may also be used when the same work is made available on Digital Video Platforms (including Video On Demand) provided that the platform is licenced to use BBFC ratings.

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