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

Alexander is one of those movies that I never would have seen if I weren’t writing a blog about all things Disney.  My kid is nowhere near old enough to actually understand movies and this is definitely not a flick my husband would be into for date night.  But I am making a point to see and write about all Disney film releases, and, given that I went to a noon movie on a Monday, I was able to bring Squirt along with me and not bug a full theater of patrons.  And honestly, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the movie.  There were several times I actually laughed out loud, and while I could certainly blame my mommy hormones, I might have even teared up at the end.

Based on the popular children’s book by Judith Viorst, the movie follows a twelve year old boy, Alexander, who happens to be celebrating his birthday.  When no one in his family understands his unfortunate day, he makes a wish that they all would experience a day of calamities of their own.  And his picture perfect family goes from this…

…to this…

Alexander quickly realizes his wish has come true as his family experiences the kind of bad luck he is subjected to on a regular basis.  The trials and tribulations are quirky and humorous and Jennifer Garner is especially funny in her role as a stressed out working mother.  Steve Carell is his normal, awkward funny self and all of the kids (Ed Oxenbould as Alexander, Dylan Minnette as older brother Anthony, and Kerris Dorsey as older sister Emily) are perfectly cast and endearing.  The movie is what I would call cute and charming.  Am I going to go out and buy it on DVD?  Probably not.  But I certainly felt it was worth my outrageously priced matinee movie ticket.  It turned out to be more than a time killer or movie I have to see review and turned into an enjoyable two hours at the theater.  Whether you have kids of movie viewing age or not, I would definitely recommend checking out Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
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