ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY

"Life Is Messy But Rewarding"

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Content: -1 Discretion advised for older children.

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Based on a popular book, ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY follows a family that has an unusually bad day but still stays positive. Alexander is 12-years-old and the third of four children. Feeling like things don’t go his way, Alexander isn’t always positive, but his family is, sometimes excruciatingly so. Alexander blows out a candle on his birthday and wishes his family experiences a bad day so they know what it feels like to be him. Crazy, comical events and situations ensue.

ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY is a fun, entertaining movie. It has a positive moral worldview. Family is extolled, the parents are loving, caring and hard working, and the children love their parents. At no point do the children want to rebel from their parents. There are some light references to magic, but the other characters refute it. Eventually, the family agrees that this is the reality of life – some days go well and some days go badly. Families will enjoy ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY.

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(BB, Pa, L, V, N, A) Strong moral worldview stressing family, caring for others, helping others, and overcoming problems, with some light pagan content such as main character makes a bad wish (but this is refuted) and a Buddhist statue appears in the background at one point; two light profanities, some scatological scenes when baby urinates all over the kitchen, mother walks in on son in the shower and makes joke she’s seen everyone’s private parts in the family; car runs into things and is very damaged; no sexual content except one mention of a thong; natural nudity of baby; teenage girl drinks too much cough syrup to get better and becomes drunk; no smoking or drug use; and, boy makes a wish against his family because they seem to have more successful lives, but this is rebuked, and he and his siblings really love their parents.

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Based on a popular book, ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY follows a family of six who have an unusually bad day but still stay positive. ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY is a fun, enjoyable family movie that extols family but has some scatological elements.

Alexander is the middle child and is going into middle school. He feels like most days are embarrassing days for him, while his family has a very positive take on each day.

Being the middle child, Alexander feels like he’s overlooked, especially since the youngest is still a baby. His older brother, Anthony, has it all – a cute girlfriend, popularity, everything you could want in high school. Meanwhile, his older sister, Emily, is a star performer and even has a leading role in the upcoming musical. Alexander feels like everything goes well for them, but he has embarrassing moments all the time.

Waking up late the day before his birthday, Alexander scrambles to get to school, but opens his computer to see that the most popular boy in school is having a party the same day as his birthday. Then, when Alexander arrives at school, someone has taken an embarrassing photo of him and texted it to everyone. The day only gets worse when Alexander accidently sets the science room on fire.

At the end of Alexander’s bad day, the family sits down to eat dinner and each family member has a highlight of the day to talk about, except Alexander. That night, the clock strikes 12 midnight and Alexander’s birthday officially begins. Alexander decides to blow out a candle and wish his family could experience a no good, very bad day.

ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY has a positive moral worldview. Family is extolled, the parents are loving, caring and hard working, and the children love their parents. At no point do the children want to rebel from their parents, but rather are very positive toward them. Though there is some very light reference to magic, some of the other characters refute this. Eventually, the family agrees that this is the reality of life, some days go well, some days go badly. Also, there are some scatological scenes, like a baby urinating all over the kitchen. Overall, however, ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY is a very positive, pro-family movie with a moral message about being positive but living in the real world.

Steve Carell, as usual, is comical and does a great job playing a father. Jennifer Garner is a wonderful mother. Even the young actors do a good job. ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY is a fun, entertaining movie that families will likely enjoy.

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