I was all set up to call this movie a total flop — and then I saw the trailer. Best. Lifetime. Movie. Ever. You’d think it would be a no-brainer for this movie to suck. It’s a story about a meme — Grumpy Cat — which probably should have been made two years ago. Plus, it’s on sappy-ass Lifetime Television and several internet commenters were torqued that despite Grumpy Cat (real name: Tardar Sauce) being an actual girl cat, she should have been a guy. Yup, they wanted a male voice for the cat — typical internet.
But, once you watch the trailer, it all seems to make sense. Aubrey Plaza nails Grumpy Cat’s voice and tone, bringing the feline more to life than ever (YOU stop it, witch!) and the film refuses to take any aspect of itself seriously. Sure, it starts out schmaltzy — annoyingly pleasant little girl making an annoyingly pleasant Christmas wish, but then it gets cray-cray.
How madcap is all of this? It’s the only way a movie about a Grumpy Cat could be good — they’re lampooning everything. The makers of this flick, Lifetime, have pulled out all stops in a sort of Hail Mary, “let’s see if this works,” maneuver. And with over a million YouTube views in less than 24 hours, it certainly has the eyeballs to work.
And yet, there is concern. Note that there are more people downvoting this movie about a Grumpy Cat doing silly shit than there are likes for it. What more could these people want/expect?
Some interneters just don’t know how to celebrate the holidays. Come Nov. 29, I’ll be tuning in with some egg nog, a Santa suit and maybe some Hanukkah shit to watch this all unfurl. Good times will be had.