Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever

Movie review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Mediocre movie punctuated by recurring marketing tie-ins.
  • NR
  • 2014
  • 85 minutes

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

A lonely girl's struggles to find friendship culminate in an unorthodox, but ultimately fulfilling, relationship that has positive effects on both parties. Her peers dismiss her as a "nerd," but she rises above the insults to play the heroine by standing for what is right. Strong messages about the value of family ties.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Chrystal's optimism and consideration for others conquers other characters' greed and selfishness. Adult villains are easily outsmarted by a child. Grumpy Cat's pessimism about life is meant to be funny, but it does account for numerous insults directed at other characters. 

Violence

A girl shoots men with a paintball gun, a man shoots himself in the foot with an arrow, and robbers restrain a security guard and hold a man upside down over a railing as a threat. Punches are thrown, a dog bites a guy's crotch, and there's a car crash. Multiple jokes about euthanasia, including a scene that shows a vet placing a gas mask over a cat's face and a comment that suggests Grumpy Cat would welcome dying. 

Sex

One near-kiss elicits a "get a room" comment. A cat is asked to strike sexy poses in a photo shoot. 

Language

"Dammit," "hell," "butt," and "shut up," plus name-calling such as "idiot," "loser," "brat," "jerk," "moron," "blowhard," and "freak." Also "shut the front door," which is meant to sound like something worse.

Consumerism

The movie clearly exists to further the fame of the Grumpy Cat brand, whose image graces everything from clothing to calendars. There are numerous scenes with cut-ins that encourage viewers to tweet about the movie and/or visit the Grumpy Cat website to check out merchandise, and images of mugs, posters, and other products show up on the screen. In mall scenes, signs for Cinnabon, Motherhood Maternity, Claire's, Le Château, and the Children's Place are visible. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever stars Internet meme Grumpy Cat, whose comically sullen appearance has made her the face of an extensive merchandise line. The lackluster movie promotes the Grumpy Cat brand through numerous mini-commercials that show products such as mugs, toys, and clothing bearing the feline's famous image. The cat also frequently pops into scenes to encourage viewers to visit her website and to tweet about the movie itself. Commercialism aside, there's little to write home about with regard to this mediocre story, save a lukewarm plot line surrounding a lonely girl and her unlikely new friend. Expect some violence that's played for laughs (punches thrown, an archery accident, and peril related to a robbery) as well as language ("dammit," "hell," and lots of name-calling). The bottom line? Unless you think Grumpy Cat's humor is the cat's meow, this isn't one to pounce on. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written bydibenga December 4, 2014

Garbage.

Lousy role models. Terrible dialog. Characters are ugly-hearted and mean spirited. Terrible voice over work mixed with trite saccharine plot hidden behind... Continue reading
Adult Written byaidans1 June 6, 2015

One of the funniest Christmas Movies I have ever seen!

2 bad words other than that and some violence its fine
Teen, 14 years old Written byTheAlmightyCastform December 25, 2017

Meow. Okay plot, some good jokes, and blatant advertising.

This movie has an okay plot. It's not great, though. It is straightforward and easy to follow. Grumpy Cat, throughout the movie, is snarky and usually funn... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byWarriorcat21 November 8, 2018

Pretty good

Main character (Grumpy Cat) was filled with sarcasm. I think this film is for the ones who like sarcasm and the Grumpy Cat memes. A few swear words here and the... Continue reading

What's the story?

Internet sensation Grumpy Cat (aka Tardar Sauce, voiced by Aubrey Plaza) stars in her first screen production in GRUMPY CAT'S WORST CHRISTMAS EVER. A semi-permanent resident of a mall pet store after being bought and returned twice, Grumpy Cat makes the acquaintance of 12-year-old Chrystal (Megan Charpentier) when a Christmas wish allows her to hear the cat talk. When the two stumble into a Christmas Eve robbery in the mall, Grumpy Cat reluctantly helps Chrystal outsmart the dimwitted criminals, leading to a unique camaraderie between the two. As Chrystal learns the value of friendship, Grumpy is forced to consider the possibility that there may be a silver lining to the holidays. Or maybe it will still be the worst Christmas ever. 

Is it any good?

Grumpy Cat's thriving merchandise line is the obvious motivation behind this otherwise forgettable movie. The story is so piecemeal and cumbersome that it takes real concentration just to follow the meandering plot through Chrystal's social struggles, an ill-fated robbery, a developing relationship between Chrystal's mom and her would-be suitor, a magical Christmas wish, and a strange tale about a million-dollar dog. To make things worse, the flow is constantly interrupted by blatant plugs for the Grumpy Cat website, flashy merchandising promos, and repetitive urgings to tweet about the movie itself.

The movie got one thing right: Aubrey Plaza's voice-over is a pitch-perfect match to Grumpy Cat's snarky musings on her own notoriety ("Internet's biggest cash cat," she says proudly), the movie's questionable entertainment value ("Are you still here? You are? Why?"), and even host channel Lifetime's reputation (as Chrystal's mom confirms that the robbers didn't "do anything" to her, Grumpy quips, "That's a different Lifetime movie."). Thanks to the delivery, there are some funny lines from the famous feline, and it's always kind of comical to hear what might be going on in the minds of our animal friends. Unfortunately, the kitschy sarcasm isn't clever enough to fill the movie's length, and the bizarre story doesn't do the character any favors either, making this a possible survivor only among Grumpy Cat's most devoted fans. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the nature of fame. How is celebrity status assigned? What is the difference between notoriety and fame? Are all celebrities admirable? Why, or why not? 

  • How has the Internet changed how we send and receive information? Is it a good thing that it's opened the airwaves to new stars such as Grumpy Cat? What, if any, are the drawbacks to having the world at our fingertips?

  • Were you surprised by all the product placement in this movie? Did it make you want to see more of Grumpy Cat's merchandise? Are you easily influenced by the styles and products you see in commercials or on TV?  

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