Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever is not the worst Christmas movie out there HEAR ME OUT.
Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever, debuting on Lifetime Saturday at 8pm.
Baffling Internet meme Grumpy Cat (Tardar Sauce, as voiced by Parks and Recreation‘s Aubrey Plaza) reluctantly befriends 12-year-old Crystal (Meghan Charpentier) as they try to thwart a mall robbery. Oh, and there’s a Christmas wish that allows Crystal to directly communicate with Grumpy throughout the movie.
Who is Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever For?
I’m not sure if target demos were a big concern in the making of this, as the whole movie is designed to be a cash grab. It certainly works as a movie for kids, and there is just enough to keep adults connected to the action.
The movie does a fantastic job of intentionally placing such low expectations for the viewer. First, the font choice for the opening credits matches the font used by The Brady Bunch, which sets the bar in terms of stakes and hilarity (read: lower than low). There are talking head moments with Grumpy Cat that are deliberately low budget, with content scolding the viewers for wasting their time. One even encourages viewers to live tweet with the tag #WhyAmIWatchingThis. Although meta jokes can be low-hanging fruit, the movie knows that this is a Lifetime joint and plays with that knowledge, landing a couple of decent lines in the process.
What Doesn’t Work
The B-Story (Crystal’s mom going to a Christmas party of a smitten kitten coworker) is a snooze, which Grumpy Cat points out as soon as those characters are introduced. The voiceover work for the other animals in the movie isn’t great, but at least Lifetime didn’t do the creepy animated lips thing that you often see in straight-to-video releases.
I went into Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever with the mindset that it would be terrible but needing a post for Friday afternoon. By about the halfway point I fully acknowledge that I was watching this movie voluntarily and wanted to see how things played out. One of the meta jokes within the story was how this was a cash grab for all players involved, and all players should benefit. I think I’m recommending this?