Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Movie review by Yvonne Condes, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 9+

Sweet book-based comedy has great family messages.

PG 2014 81 minutes

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 42 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 58 reviews

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age 8+

Fun family film, includes some great conversation starters on important topics

I was unaware this film existed and when we started watching it was surprised to see actual Hollywood talent in it, as I assumed this was something much lower in budget. As other reviewers comment it does derive comedic value from some risqué themes, but does so in a suitable way and one you can build important conversations on easily. The only three problems for us were the endorsement of women as objects in the “app photo editing” scene (brief, implied more than shown); the joke for the adults about Australian cowboys (it’s an odd choice but they remain clothed and it should fly right over the kids heads); and the big one: the comedic abuse of over the counter medicine. It has real consequences and..well..it was funny. My kids - like a lot of kids - have lost family members to the opioid crisis. While I think it’s very weird someone approved this for a family movie it created a good platform for us to talk about the issues which, to me, is important to start young and do often. Honestly the only real problematic issue we actually had was the bar it sets on what a birthday party could look like and can they have a crocodile at their next birthday. Characters do make choices that would be dangerous if imitated - so if your kids like to copy (mine don’t) you might want to look elsewhere. With the backbone of some really wholesome messages, as long as you can stand your kids hearing the word “penis” you’ll have a good time.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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age 12+

Not accurate rating

Common sense said 9+ so I watched it with my 10 year old. Alot of the language was not necessary And the cough syrup high either. Very upset.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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