“Yes Day” Is a Movie Full of Fun (and Emotions) for the Whole Family

I don’t get to watch as many movies nowadays as I used to, but I have already watched ‘Yes Day’ twice – once on my own (to check if it’s something I want my daughter to watch lol) and once with her. And I enjoyed it both times.

In case you have no idea what a “Yes Day” is… apparently, it’s a trend (that I surprisingly – and thankfully! – only heard about when I watched the movie) where parents have to say “yes” to any request their kids have for an entire day. In order to make a Yes Day happen, kids have to fulfill all of their chores, submit all of their assignments, and basically “earn” that special day. Having been labeled as the “bad cop parent”, Allison Torres (played by Jennifer Garner) wants to prove to her kids that she can be fun, and thus agrees to having a Yes Day with them.

As you can imagine, the kids take full advantage of that day by requesting for funny makeovers, a ton of ice cream for breakfast, a paint ball competition, and more.

Yes Day 2

YES DAY (L): EVERLY CARGANILLA as ELLIE TORRES. Cr: JOHN P. JOHNSON/NETFLIX © 2021

I don’t want to spoil too much, but believe me when I say that every parent will be able to relate to all of the struggles presented in the movie. Regardless of how old your kid/s might be, there is something in this movie that will make you laugh, cringe, and even cry. Having a tween daughter, I have to admit I bawled my eyes out several times while watching this. Because as much fun as ‘Yes Day’ is as a movie and as crazy as it might seem at times; the movie is, above all things, real.

Yes Day 1

YES DAY (L-R): BEHIND THE SCENES with DIRECTOR, MIGUEL ARTETA, JENNA ORTEGA as KATIE TORRES, JENNIFER GARNER as ALLISON TORRES. Cr: JOHN P. JOHNSON/NETFLIX © 2021

Parents will be able to relate to the stress and struggles of trying to maintain the proper balance between being a friend and a parent, and between being fun and strict. ‘Yes Day’ also portrays the difficulties of raising a teenager, the fear and sadness that we experience as our children grow up, and how we need to build trust and learn how to trust them as they get older.

Additionally, ‘Yes Day’ reminds us to always keep our communication lines open and to work together as parents and as families to make things work at home. It is definitely a great movie that I would highly recommend every family to watch together to strengthen their bonds and help them understand each other better. After all, a good family movie is sometimes all it takes to get a family to remember what’s important.

Watch the trailer here:

‘Yes Day’ is set to stream on Netflix today. Make sure to watch it with your family!

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