12 October 2014

A parents thoughts ~ ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY

I went to see Disney's newest movie,  Alexander and The Terrible, Horrible No Good, Very Bad Day. I loved it. It was funny, heartwarming and mostly I could really relate to it. Let me back up and tell you a little bit about why. It's a movie about an average family with very busy lives.  The family has 4 kids, Mom & Dad and they are all trying to make their way through this 1 terrible, horrible no good day. Alexander being the main focus of the bad horrible never ending day. 

Alexander's family played by his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all become cursed by Alexander so they could feel how he does. He makes a wish and curses them on his birthday. I started to feel bad for them after everything that was going wrong but, it was done in a very humorous way. No cursing or yelling in this movie, just a lot of laughs. 



I think most parents know what I'm talking when I say busy, really busy family lives. It's one thing to have school, carpool, work, screaming kids, no one sharing but then you throw in a very bad horrible no good, everything going haywire day and it becomes something different. It's like your luck is down and nothing no matter how hard you try will go right. Well that is how this family is dealing with their day of badness. I totally get their frustrations that is how I feel sometimes but, it was so funny the way they dealt with it. Humor is powerful and that's what I loved about this movie. I mean I could totally relate to it as a parent and my son felt the same way. He said to me he too had felt some of Alexander's pain as well (in life and in school) they are the same age. 


In case you didn't know this movie is based on the children's book of the same name. At the end of it I felt this is a great family movie and you will definitely laugh a lot. There's one scene in the movie we can all relate to and laugh about. You know when the alarm doesn't go off in the morning - who hasn't had that happen to them?  I'm sure you remember what happens when the first person wakes up to realize -- "OMG we are LAAATTTEEE!"  To that feeling that now everything that can go wrong in that one late day surely will go wrong. 

Another scene that I loved was at the end of the movie when they had just had enough, too much had gone wrong. They all went in the back of the restaurant and kicked the garbage cans over to relieve their frustrations. Everything from that day had been piling up: things just went wrong everywhere.  This part was very funny and I could totally see myself doing the same, you will understand when you see it. 

What I think we as parents and kids can get out of this movie is their is always hope. Everyone has bad days and even though Alexander sets the girl he likes notebook on fire, no one is coming to his birthday party and he feels like no one in his family understands him. He then comes to realize something and he says you have to have the bad days to really love and appreciate the good ones and I couldn't agree more. 

Thanks and I hope you enjoyed the review. If you see the movie let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below. :-)



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