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Movie Review: Tully



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What’s awesome about this film is that it’s got everything I hoped to see in a Disney family movie, and it’s been a while since the last time Disney gave us a fun, heartwarming live action family movie, so it’s nice to have that back. Although I’ve never read Judith Viorst’s classic beloved book, ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY, has become one of my favorite this year, this movie makes me love my family even more.

The story is about this family, the Coopers, who seems to have everything going well for them. The dad (Steve Carell) has been out of the job for seven months but he’s finally getting an interview, the mom (Jennifer Garner) has a prospect of potentially becoming her company’s VP, the daughter (Kerris Dorsey) is an aspiring actress in her school and is set to play her most coveted role yet, Peter Pan. The big bro, oldest son, (Dylan Minnette) will be getting his driver’s license soon, and is going to prom with one of the most beautiful girls in his high school. And even baby Trevor’s life is all well as long as he has his bumblebee pacifier. But one kid, the youngest son, Alexander, doesn’t share the same good days that the rest of his family is enjoying. So on his birthday, he makes a wish for his family to understand what he’s going through, and they’re about to.

The humor in ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY, although it can go extreme and outrageous at times, to me, it’s no different than laughing at an anvil being dropped on Wild E. Coyote. Director Migues Arteta makes sure that with every crash, every burn, every single thing that could go wrong with the Coopers’ day, that it never goes overboard, that it never turns into some kind of lash out fest where everybody hates each other. Sure they’ll blame each other but that’s as far as it goes, so even if some of the tone or the direction may have been loosely inspired by John Hughes movies, the tone or even the self-realization doesn’t get as heavy and deep, because it keeps itself Disney and that’s ultimately what we Disney fans and families with kids want when we come out to see and enjoy movies like this. I think what makes it even more fun is that all the actors including Steve and Jennifer, are up for anything, they’re ready to too look their silliest just for the sake of giving us the Coopers’ horrible day. ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY is an uplifting and optimistic family movie that we can all need from time to time.

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