Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day #VeryBadDay by Tania Lamb

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Have you ever just had one of THOSE days? A Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day? When I would read the children’s book, I felt like Alexander when my mom would not give me Lucky Charms for breakfast. Now as a mom of 5, I could definitely relate to the movie. A couple of weeks ago, I had to take my daughter to a doctor’s appointment, take another to preschool, the baby had just spilled milk on the floor, I looked like a hot mess, and I’m yelling for everyone to get in the minivan, and the car won’t start. Someone left on all the lights in the van while looking for their backpack the night before and the battery was dead. I sat down and cried. True story. Thank you, Disney, for a light-hearted, heart-warming, family-friendly movie.

I’m pretty sure I say this every day.

 Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander 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, dad, brother and sister 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.

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I took my 6-year-old daughter with me to the movie and we laughed and laughed. One bad thing happens after another to the poor Cooper family, but at the end of the day – SPOILER ALERT- they survive. Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner do a fantastic job of  adding quirkiness and charm to a family going through a bad day to the extreme.

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What I loved the most when watching this film was that we were surrounded by a lot of middle-school aged kids. I heard them laughing throughout the whole movie. They clapped when it was over and as were walking out, I heard comments like, “It was so funny,” and “I loved it a lot.”  A movie with no swearing, no fighting (as in Fight Club fighting),  no sexual innuendos, no trashy content, and these kids were walking out with smiles on their faces. That equals success in my mind.

This movie is about family, and we need more movies like this. At the end, Alexander makes a comment about how there will be bad days, but it’ll be alright when you’re surrounded by people who love you. I agree, Alexander.

ALEXANDER and the TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY opens in theaters today, October 10. Follow along with the fun on Twitter with hashtag #VeryBadDay.

I was provided with two movie passes to see this movie, but as usual, all opinions belong to me.