Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day begins when Alexander Cooper (Ed Oxenbould) makes a wish on the night before his 12th birthday. He wishes for his family to have a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day so he can make them understand how he feels when he has a bad day.
The next day, the Cooper family’s plans keep turning into chaos. Alexander’s older brother, Anthony (Dylan Minnette), is trying to get his driver’s licence. His sister, Emily (Kerris Dorsey), is preparing for the opening night of her school play. Alexander’s mother (Jennifer Garner) has an important day at work, and his father (Steve Carell) has a job interview. But because of Alexander’s wish, the whole family’s plans go awry.
The members of the Cooper family must learn how to appreciate each other and work together to get through this terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.
Unemployment; family relationships; cyberbullying
There is no physical violence between people in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. There is some cyberbullying, arguments and accidental harm. A kangaroo punches Alexander’s father, and a crocodile snaps its jaws at the family.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day has some sexual references. For example:
- Anthony tells his girlfriend that she has a ‘cute little butt’.
- Anthony says that he wants to ‘make out’ with his girlfriend in the back of a van.
- For Alexander’s Australian-themed birthday party, his parents accidentally hire male strippers (thinking they are regular dancers). The strippers begin to dance in their usual style, but the parents yell ‘make it PG’. The dancers quickly turn their act into a fun dance for the kids.
Alcohol, drugs and other substances
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day shows some use of substances. For example:
Nudity and sexual activity
None of concern
Products displayed or used in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day include:
- Mac computers and iPhones
- Gossip Girl (TV show).
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day includes some coarse language that children might copy.
Ideas to discuss with your children
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is a fun comedy based on the book of the same name.
This movie is ideal for children over 10 years. There are, however, some scenes that might scare children under five years, as well as coarse language that children might copy, sexual references and substance use. Therefore we recommend parental guidance for children aged 5-10 years.
These are the main messages from this movie:
- Terrible days happen to everyone, but they’re better when you’re surrounded by family.
- Never give up on your dreams.
Values in this movie that you could reinforce with your children include having a positive attitude, as well as the confidence to strive for your dreams.
The scene where someone at Alexander’s school sends a cruel, although supposedly funny, picture of him to everyone at school could also give you the chance to talk about cyberbullying and its consequences.