‘Alexander and the Terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day’ makes us appreciate the good days even more.


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Everyone has those bad days that just turn out to be a whirlwind of crazy events. You could be walking out to your car and suddenly a moose runs into the side of your car or you miss your very important meeting because you wake up with the flu. These bad days come out of nowhere and make us appreciate the good days even more.

Alexander Cooper (Ed Oxenbould) from the new kids comedy “Alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day,” experiences the bad days almost every day of his life while the rest of his family has perfect days. One day, it all flip-flopped.

While Alexander experiences a good day for the first time in his life, his whole family lives in a disastrous, long day filled with surprises around every corner. Knowing what it feels like to have a bad day, Alexander stands by his family and encourages them to get through the day. Just because you may have a bad day, doesn’t mean you should let it ruin your plans.

Based off of the childrens book by Judith Viorst, director Miguel Arteta brings the story to life in 80 minutes that brought laughs to not only little kids but also provided a good laugh for teenagers and adults. Minor crude humor included is why this funny film is rated PG. It is not enough to keep your children from seeing it.

Similar to the Dr. Seuss books that have been created into a movie, like “The Lorax,” there is a message that the director is trying to create, but it is very entertaining to watch for all ages.

Experiencing this movie as a teenager, I didn’t know what to expect. Will it be good or bad? This movie is very cute and funny like when the father chases a loose kangaroo around the neighborhood and the message the story conveys is relatable to everyone. “You have to go through the bad days to appreciate the good ones even more,” Alexander says.

I recommend this movie choice to parents when deciding what movie to take their family to. You too can learn something. It is definitely one I would see again.