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    Lawrence Quinn
    "Judas Priest!"
    Gender: Male
    Type: Greedy Golddigger
    Age: 30s-40s
    Species: Human
    Portrayed by: Alec Baldwin
    Fred Tatascoire (video game)
    Status: Alive
    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 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 Intentionally A Slob

    1. Just like Aloysius O'Hare from the animated film adaptation of Dr. Seuss's The Lorax, and Mayor Augustus Maywho from the live-action adaptation of The Grinch, he mostly exists in this movie just to give the audience someone to root against that the books 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 several characters present in the film, he was not in the original book the movie is based upon, which makes it extremely hard to give him a clear personality.
    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 keep Conrad and Sally out of trouble, which is not really antagonizing at all.
    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 bitch" when threatening to send him to military school.
      • Him shouting "Judas Priest!" as he is falling off the cliff into the goop when the Cat scared him (Just so you know, Judas Priest had a reputation for being an 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.
      • What is made worse about this is that during the scene in which Larry steals beer from the Waldens, if you look closely enough, you could actually spot a six pack container of Lite beer, which is a alcohol reference in a PG-rated movie.
    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. Alec Baldwin himself even said he was disappointed in playing Larry, though he does a good job portraying him.
    12. While it is explained that he's allergic to cats, his constant sneezing comes off as cringe and as weird gross-out humor.
      • Speaking of sneezing, in the climax, after the Cat pushed him into the goop and when he was covered in it, he sneezed after getting dumped by Joan.
    13. And while on the subject of gross-out humor, the scene where it shows Larry unemployed in his house is cringe 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 Walden, Sean Hayes as Hank Humberfloob / 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.
      • Fred Tatascoire also does a good job voicing him in the video game.
    4. He is intended to be hated so that sums up why he was being a jerk to Conrad and Sally.
    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 paid 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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