Larry Quinn

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Lawrence Quinn
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"Judas Priest!"
Gender: Male
Type: Greedy Golddigger
Species: Human
Media of Origin: 'The Cat in the Hat (2003)'


Lawrence "Larry" Quinn is the main antagonist of the 2003 film, The Cat in the Hat. He is the neighbor of the Waldens' who plans to marry the mother, Joan, for her money.

He is portrayed by Alec Baldwin, who also voiced Makunga.

Bad Qualities

  1. Just like Aloysius O'Hare from the film adaptation of Dr Suess's The Lorax, he mostly exists in this movie to give Conrad and Sally some dramatic tension surrounding how they and the Cat In the Hat would mess around their house so much in which the source material did not have.
  2. Larry's role as the film's villain comes off as awkward and uninteresting. He's basically a "loser" villain who attempts to gold-dig the childrens' mother, Joan for her money.
  3. Like with a number of characters present in the film, he was not in the original book the movie is based upon.
  4. He treats Conrad, Sally and Nevins horribly. Especially with Conrad, where he is willing to send him to military school and use that as an opportunity to marry Joan for her money.
  5. Like The Cat, he says things that should not be in any film based off of a kids' book, such as:
    • Nearly calling Conrad a "little son of a b*tch" when threatening to send him to military school,
    • Him shouting "Judas Priest!" as he is falling off the cliff (Judas Priest had a reputation for being an alcoholic and for writing songs about Sex).
  6. He's an alcoholic, even at one point stealing beer from the house.
    • He also has horrible manners. In the same scene, he was shown stealing food from the Waldens' and belched in the kids' faces.
  7. Depending on your point of view, his comedic moments can come across as just flat-out unfunny.
  8. Appearance-wise, Larry is also a fraud. While he initially acts as if he's a real estate agent of Joan's type, in reality, he is a slobby deadbeat who is struggling in financial debt.
  9. While on the subject of that, he's also a straight up arrogant and hypocritical, believing that he's "perfect" when in reality he is an unemployed and on the verge of eviction.
  10. While it is explained that he's allergic to cats, him constantly sneezing comes off as cringy and gross-out humor.
  11. And while on the subject of gross-out humor, the scene where it shows Larry unemployed in his house is cringy and disguisting, as it shows him doing the following:
    • Taking off his dentures at home.
    • Taking off a chest brace, revealing his disgusting and hairy potbelly (the audience did not have to see that!)
    • Watching a topless woman on his TV (before the cable guys reposess it).
    • Picking his nose, and his belly button.

Good Qualities

  1. Him getting rejected by Joan in the end feels quite satisfying. Especially seeing him blubber as Joan rejects him and slams the door on him.
  2. A deleted scene admittedly gives him another funny comeuppance scene where Nevins the dog rips his pants off after kicking him in retaliation against the Waldens.
  3. Like The Cat, Larry can be hilarious in a few scenes. Though given how hit-or-miss the film's comedy is, that again depends on your point of view.
    • Some scenes, such as the "Judas Priest!" falling scene, are admittedly hilarious in context. Even if the humor was rather questionable in the type of film he was in.
  4. Alec Baldwin did admittedly do a good job at portraying Larry as a crazy obsessed adult figure.
  5. His reason for wanting to send Conrad to military school for being a misbehaving child and calling Sally a "suck up" is rather understandable despite his greedy deeds.

Trivia

  • Alec Baldwin's performance as Larry has been nominated for the "Worst Supporting Actor" award twice: for the Golden Raspberry and Stinkers Bad Movie Awards.
  • Baldwin himself was rather disappointed in taking part as the film's villain, mainly given how terrible the film payed to its source material and how Larry (or any similar character for that matter) did not exist in the original Dr. Seuss book.

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