Disclaimer: Disney, Marvel, Dreamworks & ABC Family sent me to Los Angeles on an all-expenses paid press trip, in exchange for my coverage of these events, including an advanced screening of the film, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. All opinions are my own.
There’s good news and there’s bad news.
The Good News – I’ve seen the movie “ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY” and it is incredibly funny and great for families.
The Bad News – You can’t see it until Friday! I know, but you can hold out for just a few more days – October 10th! The laughs are worth it!
I mean, take a good look at this family. Looks like the All-American family, right? Two parents, 4 kids. And everything is going amazingly well for this family. Good news all around. Well, except for one of them. Look closely…..can you tell who I’m talking about?
Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life—a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him.
He soon learns that he’s not alone when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn’t had one.
Interested? I thought so.
This was one movie I’d been really looking forward to and that PG rating definitely made it look that much more appealing. Having a 7-year old daughter, I really focus on good, family-friendly movies. This was on my radar.
Thanks to Disney, I attended a very special advance screening while in Los Angeles at Walt Disney Studios.
I settled in my seat and well……..can I be honest? I LOVE seeing a movie by myself. Okay, maybe I was with 24 amazing bloggers, but I didn’t have to pay attention to a certain kiddo next to me. I didn’t have to get up in the middle of the film for a bathroom break, unless it was my own. It was SWEET! But I digress.
With Steve Carell as the father you know it’s going to be funny, downright hilarious.
With Jennifer Garner as the mother, you know you’ll be able to relate.
Jennifer Garner – I’ll admit I’m a huge fan of hers. I’m not the only one. I think moms everywhere relate to Jennifer easily. We see the Hollywood side of her, beautiful and stunning at red carpet events, yet she’s mostly photographed in casual clothes and little makeup – JUST LIKE MOST MOMS! You can tell she gets what’s important in life – her family.
I grew up watching old black and white comedies……you know, like “I Love Lucy” and “The Dick Van Dyke Show”. Why am I telling you this? Well, be on the lookout for a cameo from Dick Van Dyke himself!
But let’s talk about the story…..
The film is based upon the children’s classic picture book of the same name. If you are familiar with the book, you know it’s not long at all…..just over 30 pages.
And that was the challenge…….how to turn a thin book into a full length movie.
But oh my…..they got creative and did a wonderful job. Though I’ll admit, I’m not familiar with the book. I need to change that as I want my daughter to read it before seeing the movie.
Check out this trailer and see Steve Carrell and Jennifer Garner in action. It gives you a major glimpse into the film….and you get a sneak peek at how much of a feel-good movie it is.
Because in the end, it’s all about family. And sometimes, those bad days (and most of us have had them), just help us to appreciate the good ones and the people who are by our side.
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