Film Review: Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever

It was 2012, you were minding your own business on the Internet, scrolling through the endless drawl on Facebook or perhaps the pretentious pandering of Reddit when suddenly, a picture of a cat appears with large, white impact font over it. Oh great, another LolCat. But wait- it’s a new one! A sour faced little kitten, with an essence of misery and hatred. Grumpy Cat is born. It’ll be gone in a few months, just like the rest of the memes out there.

Fast-forward 2 years – and little Grumpy Cat has made her owner an estimated £64 million and is the star of a Christmas movie.

Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever is, surprisingly, not the worst Christmas movie ever. There is obviously concern to be had for an internet meme being made into a film – a guaranteed cringe-fest that overestimated its popularity and took things a little too far, perhaps?

But this (thankfully) is not the case. Instead, the film takes a satirical approach to its own existence, with Grumpy Cat herself being an excellent bulldozer of the fourth wall by insulting viewers who chose to watch the film and taking the odd dig at capitalism.

This admittedly could have provided a hefty dose of second hand embarrassment, if it weren’t for the fantastic casting for Grumpy’s voice in the form of Aubrey Plaza. If this film has one pièce de résistance, it is surely her – as her deadpan humour and tone of voice outright proves the existence of spirit animals, with Plaza’s being the star of the film.

Grumpy Cat is portrayed as a Grinch-esque character and has become her bitter, negative self due to the fact that she cannot find a home. The pet store she resides in is also a local haunt for 12-year-old Chrystal (Megan Charpentier), who appears to be the social pariah of her class.

Through a Christmas miracle, and a generic desire to make a friend, Chrystal suddenly becomes able to understand Grumpy Cat and the two must embark on a quickly escalating escapade to rescue a prize dog that has been stolen from the pet store by two enigmatic burglars.

The film transforms into a strange, almost Home Alone montage, in which Grumpy and Chrystal must outsmart them and save the day instead of contacting the authorities.  A romantic, Christmassy subplot involving the protagonist’s ‘mom’ doesn’t offer much and you’ll constantly wonder just how Grumpy Cat and Chrystal communicate due to Grumpy Cat’s lips never physically moving.

Overall, the film offers a silly, harmless take on a ‘save-the-day’ Christmas classic and the ending will leave you with the typical warm and fuzzy feeling you’d expect in this festive season. Not one for dog people.

[Chiara Bullen – @Bullieo]

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