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

alexander bad day movie carellIf 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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