Bad Days Can Have Good Endings

Alexander screening familybringsjoy.comSaturday our family had the wonderful opportunity to screen the upcoming movie Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.  That is a very long title for a movie.  Try to say that fast!  I will refer to the movie as Alexander for the rest of this post. 😉  Oh and in case you are wondering what the full movie poster looks like (since I couldn’t squeeze it all in my selfie pic to the left.)

Alexander movie poster

I’m always super grateful when there is a movie in which every member (our kids ages 16 & 11) of our family can enjoy watching it together.  Family values movies seem to be few and far between these days.  I watched the following trailer once before going to the movie.  In case you haven’t seen it yet, here it is:

I wonder how many other moms might have cringed a little while watching the preview…wondering to themselves, “do I really want to pay to see a bad day?”  To be honest, I thought that.  Yet, I knew Disney would make it right and they did.  Alexander has something for every member of the family to relate and laugh about.  It turns out the movie is based on a children’s book written in the early 70’s by Judith Viorst.  If you liked Steve Carrell in Date Night then you will like him in this movie as well.  Steve plays Alexander’s father.

“As a dad I can totally relate to this movie. Things tend to not go the way that you think they’ll go. But there’s always a contingency plan. There’s always a backup. Things go wrong in life and I think that’s part of the charm of this movie: Everyone experiences those days. It’s all about how you struggle through and keep your dignity and your sense of family and fun and the kind of love that is pervasive between the characters in this film.”  Steve Carrell

steve as ben

I am a huge fan of Alias, so I’m always excited to see Jennifer Garner.  I enjoyed seeing Jennifer play the mother roll in The Odd Life of Timothy Green.  She doesn’t disappoint in this movie too.  It’s interesting I brought up Date Night and The Odd Life of Timothy Green, because if you mix those 2 movies together, you can sort of sense how Alexander is (without the magic aspect.)

“I don’t think I’ve ever played anything closer to my real life. Not that I have days as bad as this, but just days with the chaos of having a bunch of kids in the house—when there’s a kid peeing on the floor, and the dog is throwing up and somebody’s about to step in it, and you’re trying to get dinner on the table. I can definitely relate to the idea of trying to do too much in a day.”  Jennifer Garner

jennifer as kelly

The family portrayed in Alexander does have a really bad day, but what I like is how the family deals with the bad things.  The Dad is an optimist and is always telling the children to hop on the ship of positivity.  Families can learn a lot from these characters.  My 16 year old son really laughed out loud during the driving test scene. He is about to take his driving test, possibly tomorrow.  I’m truly hoping it doesn’t go the way this one did.

Alexander driving test scene

There were so many good quotes I wish I had written down while watching Alexander.  Most of them were said by Alexander.  The following quote, however simple, is completely true. “You gotta have the bad days so you can love the good days.”

Alexander card

Alexander is a definite family values movie…a must see!  You won’t be disappointed.  Let me put it this way…I don’t like to buy movies or watch them more than once.  Yet when I left the movie I thought to myself, “We need to buy that movie when it comes out on DVD.”  Bravo!  Well done!  Take your family to see Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day this weekend.

Just for you, my awesome readers, I’m including the recipe to Ben Cooper’s Quiche he made in the movie.  Quiche is one of my favs.  Can’t wait to make it myself.

alexander quiche

Click on this link for a PDF copy of Ben Cooper’s Crustless Quiche Recipe

I will conclude with the Cooper family sitting down at the table for meal time…hope you’re family is sitting together for meals. (You know how I feel about that)

Hash Tagged blessed,

Muppets Most Wanted Movie Review

I’ve never done a movie review before. {just warning you 😉 }  I was a huge fan of the Muppet’s when I was younger.  I remember gathering in the living room to watch it on TV with my family.  I wasn’t sure if I would like them as much as an adult.  I don’t know why, because I enjoyed the Muppet’s 4D movie experience at both Disney Land and Disney World.  I still absolutely adore the Christmas John Denver & The Muppets.  It’s one of my favorite Christmas albums I play year after year.  I think I saw the very first Muppet movie when my kids were younger, but I admit I haven’t seen the others.

Muppets Most Wanted familybringsjoy.com

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised.  I sat next to my 15 year old Son, who wasn’t super thrilled to be going.  I think that’s understandable from a teenage boy.  He didn’t particularly like the parts when they would break out into song like they do in musicals.  He’s not a musical kind of guy, though.  However, there were a couple of times where I heard him laugh out loud.  Those moments were priceless for me.  I could stop this review right now and say there ya go, it’s worth going if my teenaged son laughed.

The Muppets Most WantedI thought it was definitely worth going to.  And I’m not just saying this because Disney gave us free tickets to the screening.  As an adult, this movie reminded me of the old Muppet Show and brought back good memories.  Can’t you hear the tune playing in the back of your mind?  I think adults will particularly like the movie, which is good, because sometimes kid friendly movies aren’t as much fun for the parents.  I laughed throughout the whole movie.  There is a plot, yet I’m not the kind of reviewer who will talk on and on about the plot.  I think that ruins the movie if you know all about it before hand.  I find I enjoy movies more when I don’t know much about them beforehand.  I will say there are some celebrities who make an appearance.

I give this two thumbs up!  This is a perfect family movie.  Plan a movie night or day this weekend and take your kids to see Muppets Most Wanted.  You won’t be disappointed.

Enjoy the following Muppets Most Wanted Family Fun Kit:

muppets family fun kit screenshots

Click on links below to download your PDF copy
Send A Friend A Postcard from Constantine
Ireland Maze
Muppets Theater
Memory Cards

I didn’t expect to have all things Disney during this Spring Break on the blog, but it was fun!  I’m grateful to Disney for offering great opportunities for Family Brings Joy readers.  If you go see the movie, let me know what you think.  Always love to hear from you.

TTFN,

A Definite MUST SEE

We just returned from seeing the movie Soul Surfer.  I am completely blown away by this movie and the main character {Bethany}, who is a real person.  To say I was inspired is a complete understatement.  Bethany has an unbelievable amount of faith, courage and perseverance.  Movies like this are special and rare…I might even say life changing.  I completely recommend this movie. As a matter of fact, whenever I feel down or I feel a pity party coming on I should watch this movie.

Not only was I impressed with Bethany, but with her family.  They had such unity and passion for life.  The relationship between the parents and their children was beautiful and endearing.  Now I know, this was a MOVIE.  Movies don’t have time to share all the unhappy moments when the kids might talk back to their parents or fight with their siblings.  I also know how sometimes movies might not portray things the way they really were in real life.  However, I have a distinct feeling their family had to be very similar to the one in the movie for Bethany to have the strength, desire and support to continue after such a set back.

I believe the PG rating, from my point of view, was because of the shark attack. I hope my sensitive youngest daughter will not have bad dreams about that part.  It was tastefully done, not too gory.  I was glad for her to see the movie, though.  I believe she will come away from the movie with the understanding of how to keep her faith through challenges.  I am grateful we were able to go as a family {minus one daughter, we miss you ;)} and the language was not bad.

The only thing I didn’t like about the movie was how much it made me miss the ocean and the beach, my favorite place on earth.  The scenery was exquisite and breathtakingly beautiful…of course, it was in Hawaii.

Thank you to my sweet husband for suggesting we see this movie.  He says he remembers when the news story broke about Bethany.  I wish he would have shared it with me.  This is the kind of news I LIKE to hear.  Nevertheless, maybe I wouldn’t have appreciated the movie as much knowing so much before hand?  No, I still would. 😀


Disclosure: I was not compensated in any form or fashion for this review. All content in this post are my opinions.
This movie definitely brought me JOY,

Special Night

Tonight my youngest & I rented The Hannah Montana Movie. We watched it while the rest of the fam was at church for young women & scouts. Honestly, I thought it was a sweet movie with many good themes running through it. My very amazing DH took the girls to see this movie when it came out at the movie theater. So I didn’t get to see it then and A said she would love to watch it again when it came out on video.

I didn’t realize how controversial Hannah’s character was to others until recently. I have watched the TV show with the kids on a few occasions. I think it is a cute sitcom and never have thought it inappropriate for my kids to watch. I do have to say, however, I was very disappointed in the way she dressed for the Teen Choice Awards. Her chest was hanging out of her dress! Fortunately, my youngest was in bed at the time. But when my teen remarks, “What is she wearing?!” We were both shocked! She doesn’t usually dress like that on the show. I think she has been getting a lot of flack for it online…which she should. Like my friends said, “she caters to the younger girls.”

Back to our night. We sat there in the recliner while watching the movie; I soaked in all the love while we snuggled together. I just love hearing A sing along to the songs. It was just one of those times where I was living in the moment and enjoying every bit of it. By the way, I really do like the song, “The Climb.” The lyrics are so true. I am so grateful for ‘my climb’ in this life. 🙂

Keep climbing,
Shan