Have you ever had one of THOSE days? You know the kind that begins with gum stuck in your hair, followed by enough calamities to fill a country music CD? Alexander has plenty of those days! Poor thing finds little sympathy from his perfect family and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him, until his mom, dad, brother, and sister all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.
Time has a way of teaching us that life has a distinct balance of creating moments to both cherish and dismiss. I think it’s safe to say that everyone has had at least had one bad day they wish it could erase and redo. Maybe you came down with a terrible illness on Christmas Eve, maybe the job you worked so hard to get wasn’t the paradise hoped for, or maybe it was having your mouth set for your favorite meal at your favorite restaurant and they don’t have it anymore. Nothing puts people in a cranky mood faster then to have a day where everything seems to go wrong for no good reasons.
Eleven year old Alexander Cooper was having a really terrible day. He woke up with gum in his hair, and that was just the start of the horrible day before his birthday. At midnight, he made himself a birthday sundae and made a wish that his family could walk in his shoes for a day. No one was safe from the curse of a bad day!
I expected the gag of having a bad day become old very fast. But I had fun watching the mishaps happening to someone else! Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day reminded me of the classic Disney movie, Freaky Friday, which had a similar idea of a super natural wish within a suburban environment crossed with Modern Family.
It may not be the great comedic movie of the year, but parents waiting for a movie that they can enjoy with their children will be surprised by how much they’ll be laughing along with the kids. Despite the title, Jennifer Garner and Steve Carell, as Alexander’s parents, lead the family through it’s curse as they each learn about why bad days are necessary and making it to Alexander’s birthday.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is an enjoyable, fun children’s movie for the entire family. Disney knows how to make movies that kids enjoy, and they succeeded again.