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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Review of Disney Film: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day

Brandy was given passes to this movie for purpose of review

Over the weekend, my family had the opportunity to preview Disney’s latest film, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. The idea for the movie came from Judith Viorst’s popular children’s book by the same name. Steve Carrell and Jennifer Garner star as Alexander’s parents in this comedy of mishaps. From the moment Alexander wakes up, everything goes wrong. He is experiencing a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day and no one in his family seems to understand how truly awful it is! Everything seems to go perfectly for everyone else in Alexander’s house. Alexander wishes that, just once, his family could understand and appreciate what it’s like to have a rotten day. When his wish comes true, Alexander’s family experiences a miserable day of epic proportions, resulting in lots of laughs for the audience! 

My husband, son (9), daughter (5) and I really enjoyed this comedy! It was silly and fun for the whole family. However, I must mention that its PG rating is well-deserved. While there is no swearing, sex or violence, there is crude humor and a few images that parents may not want their young children to see, such as a rear view of a baby urinating. Most of it comes in the form of potty humor, some of which even went over my children’s heads. There is also a scene that talks pretty explicitly about a male body part and one quick mention of a female body part when Alexander’s head is photoshopped onto a girl’s body. My son thought it was hysterical and, having an older brother, my daughter didn’t flinch at the mention of boy parts. 

Overall, my family really enjoyed Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and we’d happy watch it again. In addition to being funny, it teaches a good lesson about remaining positive in the face of adversity and sticking together as a family. 

By guest contributor: Brandy

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