Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014)

If you’re looking for unnecessary adjectives, you’ve come to the right place.

 

You know, I really didn’t have high expectations for this movie, but my wife and I saw this the other night with two of our wonderful, beautiful, no bad, very good friends and we loved it.

Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner definitely elevate this movie over what it might have been otherwise. It’s not a hilarious comedy or a masterpiece of any genre, really, it’s just an entertaining yet unassuming family film with a down-to-earth message to it.

You can tell the cast had fun making it, and the Dick Van Dyke cameo was pretty chim chimi-nifty.

And just a heads up: There were a couple of parts Disney could have left out to make this movie a little more child-appropriate, but overall it stayed in the PG category. If you’re at all worried, though, I’ve found the Parents Guide on IMDB to be very thorough (even uncomfortably thorough) for any movie you want to screen first.

OH, SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW: I never finished watching Alias.

I like what Jennifer Garner said about this movie in a recent interview:

alexander and the bad day movie“The thing about having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day is that if you do it together as a family you come out stronger. And if you can maintain somewhere in there your sense of humor, you can definitely get to the other side.”

Bad days can strengthen us when approached the right way. We should therefore be thankful for the growth opportunities that they offer. As Dieter F. Uchtdorf once taught, instead of being grateful for things we should be grateful in our circumstances—whatever they may be.

I also like this quote from Robert D. Hales:

“We [should] express thankfulness for what happens, not only for the good things in life but also for the opposition and challenges of life that add to our experience and faith. We put our lives in His hands, realizing that all that transpires will be for our experience.”

May all of us retain an attitude of gratitude during our terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad days to come.

“Thou shalt thank the Lord thy God in all things.” — Doctrine & Covenants 59:7

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West Side Story (1961)

west side story musicalRomeo and Juliet get caught in the middle of an inner city gang feud — but it’s the woeful lack of rhythmic snapping among the hooligans of today that remains the real tragedy.

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The Keys of the Kingdom (1944)

gregory peck movieIf you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find him, maybe you can hire…Gregory Peck.

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Savannah Smiles (1982)

savannah smiles bridgette andersenHey loser. You just won.

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It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)

snoopy great pumpkin“Never jump into a pile of leaves with a wet sucker” and other life proverbs.

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Samson and Delilah (1949)

samson delilah bible movieSamson was just going about his day wrestling lions until he crossed Delilah. Then things got a bit hairy.

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Hello, Dolly! (1969)

hello dolly musical movieNot to be confused with Barbra Streisand’s 2003 performance on Oprah in which she sang “Smile” while a slideshow of her deceased dog played in the background.

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