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Fun Family Movie on YouTube

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad DayThe family gathers to watch a movie from 2014 we’ve never seen. Problem is, it’s on YouTube…. We’re pressed for time, so we start viewing, only to realize that the film is in some short-and-narrow format with half of the heads cut off. No wonder it’s free.

The techies among us fiddle with the controls, we consider stopping it, but due to our own wacky schedule, we keep it running. Somehow, some way, it turns out to be even better.Alexander-and-the-Terrible-Horrible-No-Good-Very-Bad-Day-Poster

Spoiler alert….

“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” mirrors our own big-screen, everyday life adventures: the man of the house juggling family and work responsibilities, the career-driven mom who still has time for the kids, the teens involved in their own activities and interests, along with 12-year-old Alexander who feels that every day is a terrible day and the baby who just happens to color almost his entire face with a permanent green magic marker in the midst of his father’s fated job interview.

thThe daughter becomes ill the day of her Peter Pan acting debut and takes too much cold medicine, the son flunks his driving test, wrecking the family mini-van in the process and gets switched to a baby-blue tux for junior prom, the mother ends up grabbing a bicycle to pedal furiously to a celebrity book reading that heads south, the most popular boy at school has his birthday party with all the bells and whistles on the same day as Alexander’s, the baby’s favorite pacifier is destroyed… and it only gets worse from there.

That’s when they gravitate together, dump all of the seemingly-important things and chooseAlexander-and-the- family over all else. And it starts to turn around.

At just over an hour in length (and even in 3/4 screen format-?!), “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” gave us some pretty good laughs along with a meaningful message of family first. It’s silly, it’s fairly slapstick, it has the usual family angst, but with a unique twist: rather than become charicatured characters, they find their authenticity in simply moving forward the best they can.

A funny family movie for teens or preteens, rated PG. Moms and dads will like it, too.

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