Did you know that the Internet's biggest feline sensation, Grumpy Cat, has her own movie? Neither did I...until a friend clued me in. Naturally, curiosity got the better of me, and I had to check it out. I wasn't expecting a lot from this film, so was very pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It was good. I mean, really good. And not just the "good for a trendy, made-for-TV movie" kind of good. I mean good good.
Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever (PG) finds our heroine Grumpy (voiced by Aubrey Plaza) the least popular pet at a mall pet shop that's about to go out of business unless it starts turning a serious profit. Unfortunately, none of the animals are very attractive to customers. In fact, Grumpy herself has already been returned twice, presumably because of her perpetual scowl, and exchanged for fish. So her faith in humanity, and the world in general, is at an all time low (poor Grumpy). Then, just in time for the Holidays, the pet shop gets a new tenant: JoJo, a dog that's supposedly worth a million dollars! And the pet shop owner already has a buyer lined up. Could this pedigree pooch save the shop?
Not if the bad guys have anything to say about it.
Enter Zack and Donny: Two bumbling wannabe rock stars (reminicent of Harry and Marv of Home Alone fame) who have been hired to steal the dog so the pet store will go out of business and a more profitable/trendy store can go up in its place. Despite having a combined intelligence less than that of the pet store gerbil, they actually might have gotten away with it...if not for Grumpy and her tweenage friend.
Enter Crystal: A lonely 12-year-old who loves the mall pet store and who, after making a wish for a best friend at the mall Wishing Well (using a "magic" coin she got from the mall Santa), discovers she has the ability to communicate with Grumpy. After overhearing the Donny and Zack talking about the big heist, she and Grumpy foil the evil plan and expose the real criminal mastermind behind everything. And it's the last person she ever expected.
Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever is Home Alone meets Homeward Bound with a bit of Scooby Doo thrown in. Get ready for car chases, near misses, a cat shooting a paintball gun at the bad guys, lots and lots of humor, and some moments that will make you feel warm and fuzzy. This film is sure to outlast it's trendy nature and become a holiday favorite.
Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever is available to be borrowed through our online catalog. --AJB