Movie Review: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

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The other night Jude and I went to a preview screening of Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” I had some reservations about taking my 6-year-old to see this movie but ultimately we both really enjoyed the film.

I thought the film would be one of those hard to watch the comedy of errors that makes you cringe and while there are a series of bad events that occur throughout the film they weren’t too painful to watch. I also feared that some of the content might not be appropriate for a young child but there were only a few moments of extremely mild sexual references (They say the word “boobs” and “butt” but it’s not really in sexual reference, there are also a few images of supermodels in bikinis and referenced male strippers.) I think most of these references would just go over a young child’s head. I also worried that Jude (6) would be bored but he thoroughly enjoyed the film and was completely engaged throughout the entire film.

Overall, I thought it was a very fun movie the whole family can enjoy. I really liked that they portrayed both of the parents as intellectual counterparts both working for the good of their family. There was a moment some pretty funny moments that would make even the parents laugh out loud. The child actor who plays Alexander, Ed Oxenbould was adorable and very fun to watch and I think perfectly fits the role of the Alexander I read in the book. In the end you are left with a happy-go-lucky feeling and realize that “you gotta have the bad days so you can love the good days.”

REVIEW from my 6-year-old son.
Jude’s favorite part of the film – The crocodile.
Jude’s least favorite part was – The bumblebee got broke. It was so very sad.

Opens in Theaters on Friday, October 10th.

Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life—a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns that he’s not alone when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette), and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn’t had one. “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” directed by Independent Spirit Award-winner Miguel Arteta (“The Good Girl,” “Cedar Rapids,” “Youth in Revolt”) from a screenplay by Rob Lieber, is a 21 Laps Entertainment/Jim Henson Company production.

I received passes to the featured event in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions stated are my own.


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