By Steve Kabelowsky Contributing Columnist Published Feb 23, 2015 at 8:15 PM

When "Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" came out on Blu-ray combo pack earlier this month, I knew that families would be in for a bumpy ride.

Those who saw this film, based on the best-selling book by Judith Viorst, know of the honestly, really bad day Alexander and his family endure. For those who haven’t seen it, be ready to be blindsided with issues you pray would never happen.

That poor minivan.

Whether or not you've already seen the film, the Blu-ray is a perfect pickup for a rated-PG family movie night.

The loveable dad is played by Steve Carell, who dishes comic gold in this film. He has a relatable style and delivery that always seems to work even as outlandish as it is. The mom is played by Jennifer Gardner who reacts perfectly when her new children’s book with a misprint is read by Dick Van Dyke. It is brilliant.

Australian child actor Ex Oxenbould plays Alexander and does a good job moving the film along.

In the extras, Oxenbould shares behind-the-scenes video that pre-teens could easily relate to, as the film crew sets up the special birthday party at the end of the film. There’s a fun blooper reel, which is a common extra feature Disney likes to use on their films.

The best extra on the film is a short feature with book author Viorst, and her real son Alexander. He’s all grown up now, and is beginning to appreciate being the focus of something most kids read in elementary school. The great lesson here is that everyone has bad days. The way to get through is to dust it off and move on to a better day tomorrow.

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