To kick off the “festive season” I watched Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever (2014), a made-for-television movie starring cheery human Megan Charpentier alongside the eponymous internet-meme, voiced by Aubrey Plaza. Despite scoring a truly atrocious 27% “freshness” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the flick has been released on DVD in several countries… and I have to say, if I found a copy stuffed into my stocking on Xmas morning, I wouldn’t be too bummed about it… unless it was my only present, of course, in which case I would throw a serious hissy fit. The “story”, which sees two bickering burglars attempting to steal an inexplicably expensive dog from a mall-based pet-store, only to be thwarted by a plucky young girl who’s developed a psychic connection with a grouchy feline thanks to a wish made on a magical coin, is utter, utter tosh… and painfully trite tosh at that… but Plaza still kept me watching/laughing along with her fourth-wall breaking snark… even when she was specifically mocking me for not switching it off sooner! What a crafty witch she is.
The jarring incongruity between Plaza’s hilarious voice-over and the pat script that the on-camera actors were burdened with is explained in a fantastically frank promotional interview she gave to USA Today at the time: “I probably rewrote about 90% of what I say in the movie, and I also added a lot of commentary. Once I realized that the cat’s mouth wasn’t going to move, I just kind of went for it… The movie kind of has a Mystery Science Theater 3000 vibe to it, so it’s like you’re getting Grumpy’s commentary throughout the whole thing, but then Grumpy is also starring in the story.” She also suggests that viewers watch it with the aid of recreational drugs, and take a drink/hit whenever she says “meow”… which does happen pretty often, and is absolutely adorable every damn time.
I have no idea how a (sober) mainstream family would make it through a mashed-up mess like this one, but for those of us already under Plaza’s spell, or anyone looking for a so-bad-it’s-bizarre seasonal time-passer to make a mockery of, this is mildly recommended… and be sure to check out the behind-the-scenes video of Plaza “getting into character”, which is well worth two-and-a-half minutes of anybody’s time!