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Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Mediocre movie punctuated by recurring marketing tie-ins.

Movie NR 2014 85 minutes
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age 11+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 11+

Santa spoilers

I’m writing this specifically because I spent twenty minutes looking for information about how Santa was handled in this and found nothing. The main character repeatedly refers to the mall Santa as “Roger” even in front of believing kids visiting him. The voiceover says something sarcastic about “speaking of factual things” regarding Santa. Another obviously fake mall Santa shows up complicating things further. Ultimately that guy has a little magic, but the movie doesn’t restore belief. I think this movie is best for younger kids with an unshakable belief or older kids who are past it all. I could see the wheels turning for my kid who is hovering on the edge of believing. Grumpy Cat also makes several references to death that could be disturbing to kids.
age 18+

Are you serious?!

Who would write a movie of someone being grumpy. Horrible

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6):
Kids say (8):

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. 

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