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

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“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” media preview was held at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California.  The movie based on the book written by Judith Viorst is the story of 11 year old Alexander who seems to suffer from very bad days in contrast to his family who seem to have it together.

The movie begins with the family driving back home in their demolished van looking worst for the wear and upon opening the front door they encounter something that scares them.

The next scene 24 hours earlier, shows Alexander waking up to start his day with gum stuck in his hair and to news that his school rival is throwing a party the same night as Alexander’s. The day continues with one catastrophe after another for poor Alexander – from tripping over a sprinkler in front of his crush – Becky (Sidney Fullmer) to setting fire to her lab notebook at school.  At dinner later that night, Alexander’s “perfect” family is sharing their exciting day,  Mom has a special event with her book agency – Dick Van Dyke will be reading one of the kid books she is promoting,  Dad has an interview set up with a big video game company and siblings Anthony (Dylan Minnette) who is excited about getting his driver’s license, and making prom plans with girlfriend, Celia (Bella Thorne).  While Emily (Kerris Dorsey) has the lead in the school play, are sharing their own special news.

Frustrated about his day and his family’s lack of compassion,  Alexander makes himself a birthday sundae at midnight and secretly makes a wish hoping his family experiences a bad day too.


The next day, is Alexander’s birthday and the family starts the day with chaos,  waking up late, car troubles and pimples are just a few of the mishaps the family encounters and that’s just before breakfast. Mom has to deal with an error in printing and problems with a book reading by Dick van Dyke (who has a cameo).  Dad finds himself dragging the baby to his job interview and setting himself on fire at the second interview.  Anthony gets suspended from school and flunks his driver’s test and Emily wakes up with a cold the day of the play premiere.  Even Baby Trevor has a bad moment with a green permanent marker.


Meanwhile Alexander is having the best day of his life and worried that he has jinxed his family. The terrible, horrible day ends on a fantastic note with Alexander’s birthday party celebration that is Australian themed and included a petting zoo complete with kangaroos and crocodiles and a special visit from “dancing cowboys”  from THUNDER FROM DOWN UNDER. Do not miss this funny and heartwarming family movie with a great soundtrack that will have you smiling and humming all the way home.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is now playing in Theaters. Let us know in the comments if you have seen the movie and what you thoughts are.