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October 10, 2014

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Review

About the movie (Rated PG):
Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life—a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns that he’s not alone when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn't had one. “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” directed by Independent Spirit Award-winner Miguel Arteta (“The Good Girl,” “Cedar Rapids,” “Youth in Revolt”) from a screenplay by Rob Lieber, is a 21 Laps Entertainment/Jim Henson Company production.

The film hits theaters nationwide today.


The first live-action film adaptation of the 1972 children’s classic of the same name (written by Judith Viorst, illustrated by Ray Cruz, and inspired by Viorst’s sons Alexander, Anthony and Nicholas), Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day was an entertaining and touching movie that's perfect for families with older kids.

I was fortunate to attend a screening with my family, where we witnessed all the bad (and funny) things that happened to Alexander and his family members.  Although most of the terrible things that happened were far-fetched, many were actually quite relatable, and all resulted in lots of laughter.

Through it all, Alexander and his family eventually realized that although they were having a horrible day, they could still make the day a good one.

I think Oxenbould did a great job as Alexander - someone who often felt overlooked and unappreciated, and although Carell was restrained compared to other movies I've seen him in, he was still quite funny.

My older kids (ages 7 and 5) enjoyed the movie (their favorite part was when baby Trevor ate something he wasn't supposed to), but my 3-year old was a little antsy for the last 30 minutes.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is a fun family film (just 80 minutes long) emphasizing a very important lesson - we all have bad days, but even on bad days we can always find some good, especially when we're surrounded by loved ones.

Thank you to the sponsor for providing complimentary screening tickets.

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