Beethoven for a new Generation
After years of rejection at a mall pet shop, Grumpy Cat has become increasingly more cynical when it comes to life with the perkiness of the fellow pets when ever a customer comes in being one of just many things which make her grumpy. But one day 12-year old Chrystal (Megan Charpentier - Operation Christmas) has an encounter with a mysterious mall Santa and suddenly is able to hear Grumpy Cats cynical thoughts leading to her befriending the miserable moggy. Not only does friendship go against Grumpy Cats way of life but also helping others which is what happens when she stops a dog being kidnapped and Chrystal who ends up trapped in the Mall on Christmas Eve.
I wonder how many of the great actors and movie makers would have quit if you told them that one day there would be a movie made featuring a grumpy looking cat which became an Internet meme. To be honest when I started trying to make a living from reviewing movies if someone told me I would be writing a review about a grumpy looking cat I would have had second thoughts. And having decided to sacrifice 90 minutes of my life to watch "Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever" I am beginning to question my own sanity.
But here is the thing about "Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever", this is a movie for children, that is children and not really families. I say that not just because the star of the movie is a fed up looking feline but also because of the storylines which not only sees a young girl struggling to make friends at school whilst her single mum meets a nice man but we also have two petty criminals trying to steal a rare dog. Basically if you grew up watching the "Beethoven" movies then this will be familiar right down to the two bungling kidnappers. And the thing is that whilst this rarely entertained me I know that when I was young this is exactly the sort of movie which would have kept me amused.
Now of course what "Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever" also gives us are the inner thoughts of Grumpy Cat and this is where once in a while it delivers something funny for grown-ups. Between some of the writing which mocks malls and commercialism as well as Aubrey Plaza's voice work it occasionally makes you smile, but I did say only occasionally.
What this all boils down to is that whilst the majority of "Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever" was nonsense and familiar for me it does feature the sort of storyline and humour which is likely to keep children and young teens entertained.