Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

3948_alexandermovieposter-1412631853This is as funny as wholesome heartwarming family comedies get. Based on a children’s book that brings back a sense of nostalgia, ALEXANDER’S BAD DAY is a laugh-a-thon from the beginning to the end — hilariously, painfully relatable.

The Cooper family has a full schedule – with 3 kids and a toddler, it’s impressive that they even get to catch a meal together. With his sister’s upcoming debut as Peter Pan, his brother Anthony’s prom, his mom’s big publishing company and his dad’s potential job interview, Alexander’s family is pretty “#blessed.” On the other hand, Alexander’s day was terrible, starting with gum in his hair to nearly setting his science class on fire. However, the next morning, the Coopers wake up to experience the worst day of their life, including a haphazard driving test, a fire antic at a Japanese restaurant, and Australian animals on the run to top it all off.

The cast brings a sense of warmth on screen that hearkens back to the good ole days with comedic hijinks like those in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and the Goonies-esque feat of suspending our disbelief. The movie captures the essence of Disney by offering hope in times of failure and disasters.

Everyone can find a piece of themselves in the Cooper’s bad day. The audience will cringe with a pained smile throughout the movie simply because the movie holds a mirror up to their own lives — we can relate to missing the alarm clock, being stuck in traffic, and arguing with family. But through it all, ALEXANDER’S BAD DAY delivers an important message: we are capable of handling even our worst days as long as we are with people we love. The movie isn’t funny because it goes to the extreme—it’s funny because we recognize ourselves even in the extreme.

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About Cassandra Hsiao

Cassandra Hsiao is a senior at OCSA (Orange County School of the Arts). Her work has been nationally recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and National Student Poets Program. She has been chosen as finalists of playwriting competitions held by California Young Playwrights, The Blank Theatre, Writopia Labs, and Princeton University. Her poetry, essays and reviews have appeared in TeenReads, Jet Fuel Review, Feminine Inquiry, Aerie International and more. She also conducts print and on-camera interviews as a Star Reporter and Film Critic for multiple online outlets. She won a National Gracie Award in Student Online Video Host Category by The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation .

Posted on October 6, 2014, in Movie Reviews. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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