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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, based on the book of the same name by Dr. Seuss. He is the neighbor of the Sally and Conrad’s family house who plans to marry their mother, Joan, for her money.

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

    Why He's A Slob

    1. Just like Aloysius O'Hare from the animated film adaptation of Dr. Suess's The Lorax, and Mayor Augustus Maywho from the live action adaptation of The Grinch, he mostly exists in this movie to give some more material that the book 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 children's 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 their dog, 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. Despite being the main antagonist, he only gets about six minutes of screen time and does absolutely nothing but just keeping Conrad and Sally out of trouble.
    6. Like The Cat, he says things that should not be in any film based on 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 alcoholic and for writing songs about sex).
    7. 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 belching in the kids' faces.
    8. Depending on your point of view, his comedic moments can come across as just flat-out unfunny or childish.
    9. 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 with financial debt.
    10. While on the subject of that, he's also straight-up arrogant and hypocritical, believing that he's "perfect" when in reality he is unemployed and on the verge of eviction.
    11. While it is explained that he's allergic to cats, his constantly sneezing comes off as cringy and gross-out humor.
    12. And while on the subject of gross-out humor, the scene where it shows Larry unemployed in his house is cringy and disgusting, 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 repossess it).
      • Picking his nose, and scratching his belly button.

    Redeeming 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. Much like The Cat, Larry can be hilarious in multiple scenes. Though given how hit-or-miss the film's comedy is, that again depends on your point of view.
      • Some scenes, such as "Get out of my way, you hippie freak." the "Judas Priest!" falling scene, is admittedly hilarious in context. Even if the humor was rather questionable in the type of film he was in.
      • 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. Unlike most of the other actors, Alec Baldwin is the one of the only five actors (alongside Victor Brandt as the Narrator, Kelly Preston as Joan Waldon, Sean Hayes as Hank Humbefloob / The Fish, Dan Castellaneta as Thing 1 and Thing 2 and Frank Welker as Nevins) who admittedly did a good job at portraying Larry as a crazy-obsessed adult figure.
    4. 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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