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Monday, December 1, 2014

Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever is Actually Her Best One Ever

Posted By on Mon, Dec 1, 2014 at 8:10 AM

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This was Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever, which in Grumpy Cat language of course means it was her best Christmas ever, because she is sarcastic. Get it? There’s also something, er, Grumpy about being on the Lifetime Channel, which despite having myriad violent movies about women in peril, also has its fair share of cornball ones. So what I’m saying is, this whole thing was very meta.

Aubrey Plaza, who voices Grumpy Cat (more on that later) went on a talk show and effused about how strange the movie was going to be; how utterly bizarre and madcap. She was half right. The general scaffolding of the plot is right out of prime-time, seasonal Christmas movie stock. There’s a lonely cat that no one wants, a madcap assortment of pets in a pet store, a kindly pet store owner who is in danger of being put out of business if he can’t raise such-n-such amount of money in 24 hours, a lonely girl in search of friendship, and bumbling villains bent on destroying everyone’s hopes and dreams. But tossed in are several self-referential nods to the Grumpy Cat franchise and meme-dom and reminders that this is a Lifetime Movie, afterall, so don’t expect much. Most of the humor is pretty good actually, but I can’t see this film turning into a holiday staple like A Christmas Story anytime soon. It was pleasant enough to keep my interest and, as the first holiday movie I’ve seen this year, it got me into the spirit. (“Well, isn’t that fabulous,” says Grumpy Cat.)

Here’s the deal though. When I first hear that Grumpy Cat was going to have a voice, I was bummed. The best thing about her is that she just sits and looks at the camera and her face says everything. Would it ruin things to hear a voice? As it turns out, it hasn’t ruined it for me, because I really saw no connection between Plaza’s voiceover and the cat on the screen. They didn’t meld at all. I will not be viewing Grumpy Cat memes from here on out and hearting Aubrey Plaza. For that I am grateful, because there is no way Tarder Sauce sounds like a bored teenage girl. As the movie plodded along I began to join in the ruse and let GC sound the way she did, if only as a way to deliver her one-liners to my ears. It was like having the neighbor girl over to read GC memes to me. There were points in the movie where Grumpy Cat would pitch some of her merchandising products, which was supposed to be making fun of the fact that she’s a cat that has her own brand, but it actually just read like Grumpy Cat Incorporated Trying To Make A Buck. But then again, we all know that she is a fad, like a Furby, or Crystal Pepsi. She should enjoy her nine lives while she can. 
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