After Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – argh that title is long – Jennifer Garner and director Miguel Arteta are teaming up again. This movie is also based on a book, an illustrated book by author Amy Krouse-Rosenthal & illustrator Tom Lichtenheld. The movie stars along side Garner, Edgar Ramirez , Jenna Ortega, Julian Lerner & Everly Carganilla.
Premise: Allison and Carlos decide to give their three kids a “yes day”, where for 24 hours the kids make the rules.
Review: For a family movie this one is on the higher-end of the spectrum because it has great production value and the story is quite good. There’s so much to love about this film. The story is balanced. It’s fun and serious without being too over the top, it is a bit but it’s a movie. They’ve established a lot about the parents in very little time, which help making this family look real.
The best thing about Yes Day is the cast. There are two things that I noticed about this cast, one they picked great actors, who can be silly and serious and not have that be jarring. And the second thing, which is the most important is, they let the cast be who they’ve established them to be. I mean the Torres family wasn’t half Latino by name only. I’ve seen so many films with a diverse cast that showed nothing of that diversity. As if skin tone or just looking diverse is all there is to their identity. Here it’s not just the casting, or a first or last name but moments where this family is showcased has having two cultures and not just one. I appreciated seeing the parents speaking in both English and Spanish to the kids. I also very much enjoy the cameos in this movie, they made the experience better.
However, these parents are a little too nice and composed for my liking. I mean the mom got more upset at the random picture of a boy than thousands of dollars worth of property damage. Even if you live comfortably that would still rankle, so I had to suspend my disbelief because if I did half of what these kids did I would not have been grounded.
Yes Day is light fun for the kids, I enjoyed watching this with my nephew but it’s not a movie for the whole family.
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