The internet phenomenon known as Grumpy Cat has finally reached its peak, or nadir depending on how you view it all, with Lifetime's new TV movie "Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever." It's an absolutely typical Christmas movie, complete with a smart and charming kid at the center, foolhardy bad guys, a bond formed through holiday magic and, obviously, cute animals.
The internet phenomenon known as Grumpy Cat has finally reached its peak, or nadir depending on how you view it all, with Lifetime’s new TV movie “Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever.” It’s an absolutely typical Christmas movie, complete with a smart and charming kid at the center, foolhardy bad guys, a bond formed through holiday magic and, obviously, cute animals.
Grumpy Cat is a snarky feline living at a mall pet shop, and is perfectly voiced by Aubrey Plaza. A circumstance of wishes leads Chrystal (Megan Charpentier), who helps out at the pet shop, to realize she can actually hear what Grumpy Cat is saying. Obviously, no one else can.
Then a couple of dimwitted criminals/wannabe-rock-stars try to steal the pet shop’s million dollar dog — a minor highlight as his voice is akin to Eeyore — and only Chrystal and ole Grumps can stop them.
Yes, this is all a completely perfunctory approach to a holiday movie, and would only be more groan-inducing if there was someone running through an airport to tell someone they love them at the end. But where “Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever” really grates is by thinking it is funnier and smarter than it really is.
Throughout the movie, Grumpy chimes in about the soul-sucking commercialization of Christmas, and breaks the fourth wall a number of times — often poking fun at Lifetime movies. While these aren’t revelatory ideas, they could’ve been mined more successfully (and creatively).
Choosing Plaza as the voice is smart, and she makes the most of the terrible dialog, but the movie itself seems to be making fun of the audience for watching it. Fair enough, but I have to think many Grumpy Cat fans are looking forward to seeing their favorite feline voiced by America’s purveyor of snark.
The best comparison I can find for the Grumpy Cat Lifetime movie is “Look Who’s Talking Too”; woefully painful dialog for the pint-sized stars and a story that’s best described as sleep-inducing.
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