Do you remember what it was like to be twelve? For me, it sometimes seems like it was just this morning that I was enduring those often cruel tween years. At other times it feels like forever ago, and I am so grateful to have the awkwardness and preteen identity crises far behind me (not to mention the feathered hairdo!)
All cringing aside, after watching the Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day movie, based upon the beloved book by Judith Vorst, I can honestly affirm that some things never change: it’s just as hard being 12 today as it was in the 1980s!
Poor Alexander. At 12, he feels like every day of his life is a bad day. But this day is particularly bad. Everything is going wrong. The most popular kid in school schedules his birthday party on the same night as Alexander’s (played with a downtrodden half-smile by adorable Ed Oxenbould). He is even the victim of cruel cyberbullying (a mean kid Photoshops his head onto women’s bodies and sends out a social media blast). To top it off, his family seems to have everything going perfectly in their lives, while they constantly ignore Alexander.
In Alexander’s words, “twelve is the worst.” He feels “alone in the world.” He just wants to feel loved. He decides his family needs to know what it feels like to have just one bad day, and that is his birthday wish, made upon a candle atop a midnight ice cream snack.
Yet the “curse” backfires…terribly and horribly!
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day movie is a fun family film with a positive message: “You gotta have the bad days so you can love the good days even more.”
There are a few off-color references (at one point the mom, played by Jennifer Garner, says that she has seen the penis of every male family member in their car) and very mild language (“cr*p,” etc.). The movie isn’t terribly, horribly original, but the action keeps up a pretty fast pace and makes it fun to watch. I wanted to know what was going to happen next, and your kids definitely will.
I am recommending this movie for 7 and up.
See you at the movies!