It’s not too often that you get to see the human embodiment of one of your favorite childhood books. Even rarer that said film features Jennifer Garner. And basically unheard of that it’s a Disney film. So I had high hopes for Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Day, which Disney released in October 2014.
Last weekend, while Dan was out of town, I rented this little gem. And that’s not sarcasm! Who can’t relate to Alexander? We’ve all had those days … weeks … lifetimes when it feels like everyone around us has the perfect, happy life and we’re just … a total wreck. I mean, I’ve never burned down a science lab or fallen on my face in front of my crush, but I know what it’s like to feel like a giant loser. And I know you do, too.
It’s actually almost painful to watch everything slowly fall apart as this film unfolds. But the overall message (Steer your ship with positivity) totally resonated with me. Because that’s sort of my mantra. Just don’t let the day—any day—get the better of you.
It’s also a great reminder that … well, everyone’s family is completely crazy. But as much as it might embarrass the heck out of you, you have to remember that it’s your crazy, too. Overall, it got a big thumbs up from me.
What put it over the top was all of the Disney references—After he breaks a series of trophy cases at school, a teacher calls Alexander’s older brother Wreck-It Ralph. And Dick Van Dyke (aka ChimChimeny) features prominently in Alexander’s mom’s storyline. And Alexander’s older sister is playing Peter Pan in her school’s production of the classic.
It’s legitimately a really cute, totally PG family film that everyone can enjoy. Have you seen Alexander on screen? Let us know what you thought in the comments below!