Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day: Gratitude, Positive Thinking, and Surrounding Yourself with Loved Ones

Alexander's family does not believe in bad days. They are convinced that every day has some good in it—all they have to do is to find it. Every night, while having dinner together, each of the family's members will share positive things that happened to them that day. Unfortunately for Alex, he rarely has any to boast about.

So on the night of his birthday, he makes a wish upon the candle, praying for his family to experience one terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. And when morning comes, his wish comes true.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is a family comedy movie that I watched in one of my insomnia-filled nights. The story is very light-hearted and uplifting as Alexander's family gives their best effort to support each other even amidst the chaos that Alexander's wish brings upon them. From the baby seemingly ruins the father's job interview, the mother's not-going-according-to-plan company event, the brother getting dumped just right before a prom night, and even the sister falling sick on an important day of her drama performance. So watching wide-eyed from the backseat, Alexander wonders whether his birthday can be any more eventful than this.

But as the day goes on, the family realizes an important things. It doesn't matter what kind of messed-up life they're leading on as long as they're together as a family. And what makes me really surprised, by the end of the day, they still manage to find some positive things amidst the great unluckiness. This movie tells me the importance of gratitude and positive thinking. It also reminds me that no matter how terrible day you have today, it can still be a pretty good day when you have your loved ones right beside you. 


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