In June, Lifetime announced its plan to turn Grumpy Cat–the cantankerous feline made famous by a popular image macro–into a movie star. Grumpy Cat (whose actual name is Tardar Sauce) has starred in her own videos before, but her feature film debut will take her acting career to the next level. The trailer for the film is now out, and it has been mostly panned by the YouTube audience.
The film is called Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever, and yes, it’s a holiday movie. It stars Tardar Sauce as a disgruntled mall cat who goes on an adventure after serving as the subject of a young girl’s Yuletide wish. Aubrey Plaza voices the titular cat, who seems to be powered by CG throughout the majority of the trailer (unless I missed the part where cats know how to fire paintball guns).
If this sounds to you like Lifetime scraping the bottom of the meme barrel, then you’re in agreement with the majority of the trailer’s viewers. As of this post, the trailer has 4,701 likes against 5,307 dislikes; despite that mixed response (or perhaps because of it), the video has received more than 1.4 million views in just three days.
Will Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever be bad? Yeah, probably. Will it be “so bad, it’s good“? The jury’s still out on that one. No matter where the consensus ultimately falls, one thing’s for sure: The movie will not give the actual Grumpy Cat any reason to ease up on her trademark sneer.
The movie debuts on November 29th at 8 PM EST on Lifetime.