Movie Review: Alexander and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day #VeryBadDay

Movie Review - Alexander and The Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day
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We all have bad days, right?  Most days we try to make the best of them, but it doesn’t always work.  Sometimes we even try hard to deny their existence.  That doesn’t always work either.  

You know why?  Because bad days are just part of life.

Just ask Alexander about the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day that his family had. He’ll tell you.

8 Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day Activity Sheets


I attended an advance screening of ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY and sat down to talk with the the cast and crew as well about this highly anticipated Disney film.  This full movie review of the film should help you determine not only if and when you will see the movie, but who you will take with you.

The Story:

The film is inspired and based on the 1972 children’s book by Judith Vorst. The book has a strong following of readers that appreciate the honesty with which the story is told; after all, those who say bad days don’t exist really haven’t had one.  Or at least haven’t met Alexander, who after feeling underappreciated by his family after a really bad day, wishes one upon his family members.  From one extreme to the other, Alexander and his family’s day goes from bad to worse from the moment the alarm sounds.  Missing the alarm, dead car batteries, waking sick on a school performance day and the dreaded zit on prom day are just a few of the things that build up to a very terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

I don’t want to ruin the movie by sharing too many story details; let’s just say you will be laughing out loud over the not only the film, but the memories they pull up from your own life.  ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY is a story we can all relate to, regardless of age.

Here’s a great clip from the movie to help you get the laughs started prior to the theater…

The People:

With a cast like this, ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY will be sure to draw in a mix of fans that are fans of the actors and the entertainment they provide. 

The acting comes across very natural because – well it is.  Jennifer Garner, who play Alexander’s mom in the movie is very familiar with days that simply do not go as planned as the mother of three young children with a busy career and marriage.  She brings the true emotions of their terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day to the screen in true form and depicts the love that we all have for our loved ones around us as she goes about the rather terrible – and long – day.

Steve Carell who plays Alexander’s dad was totally able to relate to the movie as well. After all, he is a dad in real life and knows things do not always go as planned.  In the film, his character is the ever positive one that does not want to see his family have a bad day, because as a stay-at-home dad, or Fommy, it’s his job to make it all okay.  I may not be a Fommy but from the moment I started watching the movie, I knew exactly what his character struggled with.

We all do.  We all wake with ideal and grandiose visions for our day and then they fail, it’s hard.

Alexander’s entire family shows us that bad days are hard, but what matters most is what you do about it.  Kerris Dorsey brings a charming young girl appeal to the film that girls of all ages will identify with in the character of Emily and Dylan Minnette, who plays Alexander’s older brother Anthony, nails teenager life, yet models what all parents pray their teen will do in the end – choose a positive path.

And Alexander? Ed Oxenbould has young boys laughing out loud in the commercials alone and it continues throughout as Alexander’s terrible tween day is filled with the “what if’s” all young boys ponder these days.

The Audience:

ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY brings families together around a rather insane 24 hour period that closely resembles the emotions around the reality of our own very bad days.  The movie gives everyone permission to have bad days.  Not just bad days, but really bad days.  It provides all families with a discussion platform when bad things happen in life and in the end does it through humor – something often lacking in the grind of our day to day lives as families.

ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY validates normal life and makes us feel good about ourselves, regardless if we need it or not. Everyone in the audience will appreciate that.

Movie Review - Alexander and The Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day

Parent Notes:

Our children are ten and seven and I know with utmost confidence that they will be able to relate to this family friendly movie.  It depicts real life and as such does involve a junior high crush that Alexander has and dating in high school, as well as the reality of juggling roles as a mom and dad.  While I may squirm in my seat when Alexander looks with young love in his eyes at the girl he carpools with to school, I know this is real life for children that age and actually think the movie will trigger some great side conversations with our son in his last year of elementary school.

Don’t forget that we have some fun ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY activity sheets for your kids as well to help get them excited for the film!

ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY opens in theaters October 10th! Who’s going to see it?


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