During my trip to LA in July for the Guardians of the Galaxy Event, we also got to see an early screening of Disney’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner. Since then I have been anxiously waiting to share my review of this adorable family movie with all of you.
The movie is based on the beloved children’s book “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”
published in 1972 and written by Judith Viorst. The book was inspired by Viorst’s three sons’ childhood misadventures, specifically her son Alexander.
My son, Alexander, had more than his share of bad days growing up,” says 83 year old author Viorst in recalling the inspiration for her first Alexander story more than four decades ago. “I mean, all kids trip, fall, bleed, get mad,” she says. “He seemed to do it more often than most kids. He came limping home one day from preschool, having fallen off a chair during story time resulting in a knee injury. He’s the only person I’ve ever met who could get injured by wiggling so much during story time not playing soccer. Story time! That’s my Alexander.
Everybody has a bad day and because it’s a bad day, it has limits,” Viorst continues. “It has a beginning and an end. There’s a container concept to it in that maybe tomorrow will be better. So, I would hope that people would feel that they are going to have a better day coming up.”
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day starts out with 11 year old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) having the worst day of his young life. From gum in his hair to accidentally starting a fire in his science lab, his day if filled with one calamity after the next. For his family on the other hand, everything seems to be working out exactly the way they want it to. That night Alexander makes a birthday wish and the next morning the day starts out differently for the entire family.
After seeing his family have a bad day Alexander realizes, “I think that you just gotta have the bad days, so you can love the good days even more.” This movie was funny and sweet, and showed how a family could unite even after a catastrophic 24 hours.
Steve Carell is hysterical and so was the entire family. They were perfectly cast to be a lovable and quirky family next door. I giggled my way through this entire movie and cannot wait for my husband and son to also see it. It is the perfect movie for families because parents will enjoy it just as much as their kids will.
Watch Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day in theaters everywhere this Friday, October 10th!