Netflix Removes a Downright Terrible Mike Myers Movie

Netflix has just dropped a movie from its catalog that many users despise: The Cat in the Hat. The movie stars Mike Myers in an adaptation of the classic 1957 children's book by Dr. Seuss, but with more than its fair share of liberties. However, its zaniness has made the movie a viral internet sensation, and it actually held a spot on Netflix's Top 10 list just a month ago.

The Cat in the Hat stretches the short fable of its source material into a feature-length film, though many viewers would argue that it does so poorly. Only 9 percent of the reviews of the movie are positive according to Rotten Tomatoes, with a total of 163 professional critics accounted for. However, among general audiences, it has a more forgiving 54 percent approval rate. This may be due in part to the ironic, nostalgic resurgence the movie found on Netflix in the last quarter of 2021.

"The Cat in the Hat is so god awful it's comedy gold," one person tweeted as the movie rejoined Netflix's catalog. Another wrote: "How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) and The Cat in the Hat (2003) are essential vulgar auteurism texts but some of y'all ain't ready for that conversation."

The original Cat in the Hat book is a short, surreal story where an anthropomorphic cat comes to entertain two bored children on a rainy day while their mother is out. Their talking pet goldfish warns them that the cat's antics will get out of hand, and sure enough, they realize that the house is a complete mess just before their mother is due home. However, the cat returns with an imaginative machine that magically puts their house back in order just before their mother arrives.

The story teaches kids to think creatively and trust the impulse towards fun and novelty, even if things don't go exactly right on the first try. The movie version loses this moral somewhere between the addition of a lazy babysitter (Amy Hill), a prospective stepfather (Alec Baldwin) and an inexplicable cameo by Paris Hilton as herself, among many other ludicrous elements.

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Still, the movie has its die-hard devotees – not least of all because of how insane it seems to be. Many have been posting their fondness for the movie online, which could explain the surge in viewership on Netflix. In fact, some have even made comments about trying to share the movie with their young relatives this holiday season. The movie left Netflix's catalog on Dec. 31, which some consider a tragedy and others a blessing. If you're a part of the former group, you can still find The Cat in the Hat on on Peacock Premium, or on digital stores for rental or purchase.