In theaters today, Disney’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, based on the children’s book by Judith Viorst and this past weekend I was given the opportunity to see an advance screening of the movie. Let me start this off by saying my morning started off terrible. Nothing was going right since my niece who was supposed to accompany me to the advance screening woke up sick so I had to leave her home and upset she couldn’t go, then my car had a flat tire, and when I finally made it to the theater, the strap on my favorite sandals broke as I was getting out of my car (thankfully, I had my flip flops), after everything that happened I was running late to the movie. So as I was walking into the theaters to find a seat with just a few minutes to spare, I kept thinking what else could go wrong today.
The movie follows 12 year old Alexander Cooper (played by Ed Oxenbould) and his family – older brother Anthony (Dylan Minnette) who is girl crazy preparing for prom, older sister Emily (Kerris Dorsey) who is self absorbed as she is preparing for her lead role in the school play of Peter Pan, and his younger baby brother Trevor who is well just a baby. Then there is his parents, dad Ben Cooper (Steve Carell) is unemployed, stays at home dad who is taking care of the family while looking for work since he was laid off from his aerospace job and then their is mom Kelly Cooper (Jennifer Garner) who is working full time as a successful junior creative on the verge of a major promotion at the publishing company she works for. While his busy family seems to have it all together and is enjoying their life, Alexander is having a horrible day. He wakes up with gum in his hair, finds out his birthday party is now the same night as the most popular boy in school, he faceplants in front of his crush Becky, he is made into the school’s laughingstock after a text bomb of fake photos are sent to the entire school, he almost burns down his science class when he set his crush’s notebook on fire and then he soon realizes the entire school including his best friend and his crush are ditching his party for the popular boy’s party, that when he tries to tell about his horrible day to his family and his Dad’s advice to him was “steer your ship with positivity”. When Alexander makes a birthday wish that night, he wishes that his family would understand his horrible day. Well his seemingly well put together happy family is now about to face their very own horrible day they will soon never forget.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day for me was surprisingly very relatable as none of the character were over the top and no one in the family was completely perfect since everyone was just trying to get through their day with some good and some bad mixed with the quirkiness that every family can relate too. The casting was perfect for the movie as Steve Carell brought his laid back and slightly goofy side to his father character, Ben, while Jennifer Garner was tough and high-strung but was able to let go some as the mom, Kelly. But Ed Oxenbould was perfect for the role of Alexander and to me he was the glue to the movie that held the entire thing together.
The movie is fun, funny and entertaining which is perfect for the entire family, date night or when you just need a good laugh. You leave the movie feeling good about yourself and knowing that everyone is bound to have a bad day in their life. While it may not be to the extremes of the Cooper family’s, everyone is going to have their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day and it is how you accept the day to be that makes it that way as Mr. Cooper (Steve Carrell) says in the movie “We are not going to let this day get the better of us”.
So back to my horrible morning after watching the movie, I realized that it was best to stop worrying about what can go wrong and to remember “you gotta have the bad days so you can love the good days” (Alexander). While the rest of my day wasn’t horrible, I will tell you that this movie was perfect and I’m so glad I got a chance to see the advance screening of the movie. I know I will be going to see this movie again this weekend and this time my niece will be going with me.
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Starring Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Dylan Minnette, Ed Oxenbould, Kerris Dorsey, Megan Mullally, Jennifer Coolidge, and Bella Thorne. Directed by Miguel Arteta and based on the novel by Judith Viorst.