Movie Review: Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Have you ever had one of those days where nothing goes right? Where everything you try to do just goes south? Well that is what happens to Alexander every day. While he seems to be having a streak of Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Days, his family is flourishing in Great days and nothing ever goes wrong for them. Alexander cannot understand why they don’t see how hard it is for him and because they are so focused on their lives they are failing to miss what is going on in his. This brings us to the beginning of “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY.”
Just one day before his 12th birthday, Alexander has the worse day ever abut no one can seem to understand how hard it is for him, not even his parents. Struggling with their own problems but not showing it to each other or their kids they are caught up in their own worlds. Alexander feeling all alone gets up during the night and wishes himself Happy Birthday and over an ice cream sundae makes his birthday wish. The next morning it seems as if his birthday wish has come true. Could he really wish for his family to have a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day?
This movie provided a much deeper story element than I expected it to have and in between the humor and funny mishaps, you see a family start to lean on each other as the day starts to fall apart. One thing after another goes wrong from the minute the family wakes up late the morning of Alexander’s 12th birthday. However, for Alexander everything is going great. At first he seems happy and thrilled but as the day goes on and he sees his family suffering like he has before, he can’t help but feel guilty.
We see the whole family gather behind a restaurant in one scene where the dad thinks he has blown his second chance at a job after 7 months of unemployment. While they are all gathered there, Alexander tells him it is okay to be upset but he tells him he can’t because it is his job to keep everyone else from having bad days. They all then jump in and tell him it is okay to have one of his own, then garbage can kicking commences.
This is just one of the heart touching moments that reminds us the importance of being a family and pulling together when times are tough. Can this family make it thru the rest of the day and get home in time for Alexander’s 12th birthday party? These answers can only be answered when you go see the movie for yourself which opens in theaters today (October 10, 2014).
I do recommend Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY as a family movie but do caution it is rated PG due to some language.
Check out these pictures from the premier at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood on October 6, 2014.