Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever: Was it Meme-orable or a Cat-astrophe?

Despite its suggestive title, Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever — which premiered Saturday on Lifetime — is not a film about the birth of Jesus as seen through the eyes of a grouchy feline.

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It’s really a film about dognapping, divorce, bullying and the general failure of the American mall security system. Most importantly, though, it makes absolutely no sense — which is kind of the point. I think.

Anyway, here’s the “plot” in a nutshell: We meet Grumpy Cat (voiced by Parks and Recreation‘s Aubrey Plaza) in the mall pet shop she calls home, though bad business is threatening to shut it down for good. The owner plans to save his shop by bringing in a rare breed of dog named JoJo — one guaranteed to drum up attention, business, etc. — though he doesn’t account for the wily pair of wannabe rockstars plotting to steal the prized pooch.

Then comes the real plot twist: it turns out the security guard attempting to thwart the burglars is actually behind the whole operation! And in the midst of all this madness, a sad, young girl named Chrystal (Megan Charpentier) forms a mysterious bond with Grumpy Cat; thanks to a magical wish, she can actually understand what the cat is thinking.

Regardless of any negative feelings you may have towards the movie, there’s no more aggressive critic than the star herself, who regularly interjects her displeasure with its many flaws. That brand of self-awareness is alive and well throughout the entire movie, including this prophetic quip: “Please, like the Lifetime execs would blow their chance at a sequel.”

(Come on, you know she’s right.)

Were you a-meow-sed by Grumpy‘s first Lifetime movie? Grade it below, then drop a comment with your full review.

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  1. Chad Smith says:

    This movie will give Die Hard a run for it’s money as the best Christmas movie of all time.

  2. Aleana says:

    I enjoy it thought it was cute and funny

  3. Bob Gassel says:

    I think the real story is the inappropriate commercials Lifetime was running during the family film…

  4. Christy says:

    I thought it was hilariously adorable. Didn’t expect the Usual Suspects or the A-Team references. I actually laughed out loud at parts!

  5. Robby Horine says:

    It’s getting a “A” in the poll. I weep for humanity.

  6. Rachel tarantino says:

    I watched it with my kids & niece.It was funny & cute!We enjoyed it..She’s so snarky-especially funny when she followed her statement with “meow”.

  7. Jesse says:

    This was a horrible kids movie. I had three young girls watching it. Why can’t they make a kid’s movie without any language (over a half dozen “hells” and “Gods”), innuendo, and commercial breaks having to do with vaginal pain during intercourse. I was VERY disappointed with Lifetime and won’t be watching this anytime soon again.

    • Kyle says:

      lol… “Hells & Gods” really?? That upset you? Stick to PBS maybe?

      • PBS is arguably worse. But a totally G rating wouldn’t be interesting or consistent with Grumpy cat. Most of what we know is over the head of kids, and if you thought this would be a kid’s movie, that’s unrealistic.

        As to the commercials, are you unfamiliar with Lifetime? Nobody puts g-rated with those commercials. But for Lifetime this is expected value.

      • shellybot says:

        Not PBS… Disney

    • Sierrah says:

      Hells and gods, seriously? What are you, five? Those three young girls probably hear more than hells and gods in school, and wherever else they go. They probably even use it too! Maybe not around you, but around their friends. Get with the times, we’re sadly losing our children. Also, it’s not like any networks could magically change and have specific commercials during certain movies. They have a list of commercials, and they show them, they can’t pick and choose when to show them. Here’s an idea, change the channel during the commercials. Or better yet, just stick with Disney, Disney Junior and PBS :)

    • S. says:

      I’m sorry you were offended. But Lifetime is not for children, and has never been. Even if the movie may have seemed appropriate for children, the regular advertisements are geared toward a certain segment of the population. It would have been better to have recorded it and watched it later. As for the language, okay to be offended, but I personally didn’t hear anything at all. Maybe you should avoid Lifetime from now on.

      • RSM08 says:

        If it’s true that this Lifetime offering isn’t for very young kids, then it’s even worse than I originally thought! Plus I don’t like the voicing for the always photogenic Grumpy Cat. The heroine did her best

    • jalahyacinth says:

      Thanks for the info :) Despite the people above me, you’re not the only one who cares about that sort of thing.

    • David4 says:

      Holy hell that was god damn bad!

    • David says:

      People like you are why we can’t have all the episodes of Judging Amy airing on Up right now.

      • Reality says:

        Sure, it’s annoying they’re editing or not airing episodes, but 20th Century Fox is the reason why there are no DVD releases or even digital downloads available for Judging Amy.

    • John NYC says:

      Some Sunday masses go further… Shudder.

  8. Sierrah says:

    This movie wasn’t good at all. What an unfortunate waste of time and money.

  9. S. says:

    If there is a sequel, can it be Grumpy Cat and JoJo? That dog was an unexpected gem.

  10. April says:

    For me, this could be the worst movie in the history of cinima and it would still be 100 x better than Lifetime dishing out the one millionth biographical cleberity/behind-the-scenes-of-a-tv-show/real-life person who turned famous story movies they’ve been pushing lately. I,for one, will gladly watch this 10 times over another one of those no matter what the haters say or how shaky the movie is. Just my thoughts.

  11. says:

    W komunikacie czytamy też, że UKE skierował w czwartek do Prokuratury Rejonowej Warszawa
    Wola zawiadomienie podejrzeniu popełnienia przestępstwa, polegającego na rozsyłaniu przez nieznanego sprawcę, podszywającego się
    pod UKE, fałszywych zawiadomień z wezwaniem do zapłaty grzywny.

  12. sheri says:

    grumpy cat’s wrost Chrstmas was one of the worst Saturday Lifetime movies ever. What a waste… The story line could have been 200 percent better for sure, maybe if a 3rd grader wrote it

  13. A.M.Newby says:

    It was goofy, silly and corny! I loved it! The kids loved it too! Even caught the hubby laughing a few times. We all watched it as a family and will happily watch it again.

  14. Stephanie says:

    Awesome movie!!!! My kids love it!!! Cat looks like she has short hair persian and Siamese in her.

  15. Look up Ralphie’s Scratching Post on Facebook. He’d make a great side kick to Grumpy cat.

  16. Tammy Fierst says:

    Grumpy cat was hilarious and funny but a bit corny, but isn’t that why is was soon much fun!
    The best part was it advertised “” where me and my daughter could take our picture together and put it in a “Grumpy” Frame! I think this was equal fun and bonding time with my child. The cat could have used other words than “Loser” and “Witch” and the opportune time, but other than that it was fine. We both laughed and did a GrumpyGram together! LoL!!!! therefore we “Loved It!”

  17. caroleena jones says:

    OH MAN, I cant believe I sat through that – worst movie I’ve subjected myself to seeing in a long time. I cant believe someone actually paid $$ to make it. I don’t blame GRUMPY as he didn’t have much say so. If he had – it would have been better. Whether for kids or adults, it was pretty bad. It even made my cats leave the room, it was so BAD!

  18. Ms Whiskers says:

    I thought it was lots of fun. I liked the cat’s commentary on the movie itself and found it to be kind of an homage to Home Alone.

  19. davidc1214 says:

    Best Xmas movie ever!!!

  20. Tom says:

    It was utterly ridiculous but it didn’t take itself seriously, it knew EXACTLY what it was, and it essentially MST3K’d itself. Is it the best Holiday movie ever? Um…….have you seen Scrooged, Christmas Vacation, or the Eureka episode Do You See What I See? So no it’s not. It’s also not the worst Holiday movie ever. What that would be I couldn’t tell you off the top of my head, but I have seen worse movies than this. So……..I can dig it.

    That attempt at a Christmas Vacation sequel, THAT was a bad Holiday movie. Along with the Old Navy (I think) Vacation themed commercials.

  21. Some chick says:

    It was campy fun. Went into it expecting the worst and enjoyed it.

  22. Karen says:

    I very much enjoyed the movie, thought it was awesome!!

  23. R says:

    Well, this is one individual’s opinion, but here it goes; I couldn’t make it to the end. I just thought that it was horrible and seemed as though people who never acted and people who never made a movie before got together and made this. It was seriously low quality entertainment. I am sure that some of the “talent” are able to deliver better performances than this production allowed, but as for the production itself, I thought that is came off as being in a very early development stage and not anywhere ready for TV time. It seemed almost like a prank on the public … as in “how bad can we make our programming and still get people to accept it?”. There are quite a few new Christmas movies on TV this year, including some that actually acknowledge the true meaning of Christmas as opposed to the usual “Santa’s dysfunctional family’s issues” recycled nonsense. Hallmark has some more impressive new Christmas TV movies to offer this year. Even the ones that are only loosely based on Christmas, just being everyday stories that take place at Christmas time still greatly raise the bar above this horrible cat production. If this was a third grade project, I’d be very impressed, but as a professional TV production, I thought it was almost worth cancelling cable over!

    • R says:

      By the way, the entire family echoed my thoughts after they actually watched the rest when I couldn’t take any more of it!

    • Marianne says:

      I disagree about the Hallmark channel. Most of those movies are bad and lame too. I also don’t think most of the acting is good either. I find myself mocking those because they’re all the same.

      • R says:

        I’m not saying that Hallmark is making movies as great as Braveheart. I’m just saying that as light Christmas entertainment, their productions are much more impressive than this cat thing! I can watch the Hallmark programming with the family all the way through and some actually raise your Christmas Spirit instead of making you wonder how you can get that 2 hours of your life back!

    • Susan Sweet says:

      Speaking of Hallmark, there was a movie on at the same time on that channel starring Candice Cameron Bure. A lot of people I know said they were going to watch it last night. Thanks, but no thanks! I’d rather see a sassy, little cat that a sappy holiday romance movie. I enjoyed Grumpy Cat’s movie very much, btw! :-)

  24. Sylvia Holt says:

    The movie would have been so much better if the right person spoke for Grumpy Cat! Whomever, was not good, was not real with the Grumpy Cat’s image, not even close! The voice killed the whole movie, for me! I love The Grumpy Cat though, just not the one who spoke for her!

    • Grumpy Human says:

      Agreed. Horrible actress. And OMG, did she ACTUALLY pimp herself IN the movie as top billing? I’m guessing the reason they didn’t have the budget to do the driving through the breaking glass scene was because it probably went to reel her in? If so… they shoulda spent the money on the glass breaking scene. She’s wretched!

  25. Marianne says:

    I thought it was fun.

    And anyone saying it was really bad must have never seen other Lifetime movies. Or better yet, you want to see really awful, watch Santa Claus Conquers the Martians from the 1960s. Then you will see this wasn’t so bad.

    • R says:

      I just can’t accept the low bar because it’s been lowered before. We encourage more of these things to be made when the viewer numbers are high. I will not watch the cat show again … or any sequels. I avoid Lifetime because it is all drippy, victimized, soap opera love level stuff. It’s hard enough finding good programming on good channels! Lifetime is a non starter.

    • Grumpy Human says:

      As soon as I knew it was going to be on Lifetime I figured it was going to be bad. But this… this was just all out wretched, bleach out my eyes and dump acid in my ears bad.

  26. Diane says:

    My 6 year old is giggling out loud to it, and this is his second viewing this morning. We tapped it last night so we can fast forward through the commercials. I think one viewing was enough. My son will not let us delete it, so I think it is a hit with him. The first 30 min. were rough, but if you can get through that it does get a little better.

    • c-mo says:

      Thank you for saying “taped” (well you said tapped but I knew what you meant) instead of “recorded”. I always say taped and get made fun of because “you’re not taping on your VCR, you’re recording on your DVR”, even by my 82 y/o dad!

  27. Loved it. But then again, I’m cynical, sarcastic and love a good snarky bit. Face it, I’m grumpy. :)

  28. Jesse Lippincott says:

    Lifetime produces some great movies at times that I would to see at the theater but was the BEST TV movie ever! I’ve not been a fan of grumpy cat before this but I’m now a big fan of this movie cause it is smart and witty and doesn’t pretend to bes something b

  29. david says:

    i wish a guy voice came from grumpy!!!!!!!

  30. Paula says:

    I absolutely love Grumpy Cat but this movie didn’t do her justice! First of all, I was disappointed in the choice of voice her – it just isn’t right, in my opinion. And then the story line was just silly. This cat deserved a much better vehicle and I feel cheated.

    • Haven’t watched it yet
      but from the trailer i agree
      i do’t like aubrey plaza period but she didn’t sound grumpy enough to me
      i kinda pictured an older huskier voice like kathy bates, tyne daly, etc..

  31. Pia says:

    I love Grumpy to death, but this movie was so goofy! Why? They should have just showed grumpy and her cat memes with no voice. That would have been better. A day in the life of Grumpy from a cats point of view. With just memes or a more sarcastic voice, like the girl in Teen Titan. I thought of Prince when I saw this. Purple Rain was good because of the music. He then did a second horrid movie, Under the Cherry Moon..ugh! Them he came back and did a movie Sign o times that highlighted songs from a tour. Just Songs! It was awesome!!!! That is what the people like and he’s good at that. Why don’t we go back to what us neurotic anxiety ridden cat lovers like. Cats being cats, not doing human stuff. Because we don’t like peopleExcept keyboard cat is awesome). No voice! Just memes of her thoughts. Being an everyday cat watching her humans do their human things and commenting.

  32. I got a feeling that Grumpy Cat will get another film on Lifetime real soon. The rating will be a winner and I believe that the DVD become available that it will be a hit.

  33. Theresa A. says:

    I thought it was very enjoyable. Some critics took the movie way too seriously and ignored its depreciating humor, slapstick, and overall silliness.

  34. jac says:

    very poor selection for Grumpy cats voice over

  35. Stopped watching since it was soooooo bad

  36. Whoever did the casting for Grumpy Cat’s voice failed horribly. The voice had nothing special. No pizazz! I turned the show on and watched it for a short time until I couldn’t take no more! Grumpy Cat is my favorite, but the show sucked big time!

  37. Olga Banis says:

    Loved it and loved Grumpy Cat, thought the movie was great, laughed alot!

  38. I got a feeling that there will be Grumpy Cat’s 2 next year. Lifetime got a winner on it hand and the DVD/CD sale will be great.

  39. doomdash says:

    i loved it

  40. schiss says:

    We (60+ yrs old) recorded the movie knowing exactly the type of silly but enjoyable movie it would be. It was the perfect movie to drink coffee and read the newspaper by! It didn’t require our full attention.

  41. Susan Calloway says:

    Ridiculously Random Ramblings..‪#‎WorstChristmasEver‬ is tale of awfully epic proportions…I hate it so much I want a hippotamus for Christmas wrapped in Christmas paper with Pokey on it..

  42. debbiedowner says:

    If you enjoy silly stupid movies, this is the one for you.

  43. Ian Barber says:

    I can’t lie, I enjoyed it. Sure it’s dumb, but it knows that it’s dumb and acts accordingly. Plus I really hate sappy holiday movies. And I was drinking while watching, so there’s that.

  44. pat says:

    I thought it was great. I also laughed out loud in a few spots. Playing it campy was brilliant.

  45. Johnette says:

    loved Grumpy Cat movie, want Grumpy Cat t shirt

  46. MRS JO MUTZ says:


  47. MRS JO MUTZ says:

    Just read the lots of the above comments….. seems at least 50% agree ….DIFFERENT VOICE FOR GRUMPY FOR A DO OVER OR SEQUEL. HA I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE!

  48. Kind of a “Home Alone” meets “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” movie. Rather cute. Would like to see
    version of “Christmas Carol” with GrumpyCat as Ebenezer Scrooge.

  49. clarissa says:

    I loved this movie. I thought it was hysterical and campy. Aubrey plaza was the perfect voice for grumpy. I loved the cat’s comments and her meows.

  50. I loved Grumpy Cat’s movie – it was funny and I enjoyed it very much.