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