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


Release Date: October 10, 2014
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Director: Miguel Arteta
Screenwriter: Rob Lieber
Starring: Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Dylan Minnette, Kerris Dorsey, Ed Oxenbould, Megan Mullally, Jennifer Coolidge, Bella Thorne
Genre: Comedy
MPAA Rating: PG (for rude humor including some reckless behavior and language)

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is the new live action comedy from Disney. It features a boy named Alexander Cooper and his extremely bad luck. His family doesn’t quite have the same issue as they are all successful and popular. On his birthday, Alexander makes a wish that his family experience a messed up day like he seems to have on a regular basis. The next day chaos engulfs their lives.

Starring Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner,and Ed Oxenbould it’s a family movie in all it’s facets. It has the crazy sight gags one expects from the trailer, but none are too over the top. The stuff that happens for the most part is believable and only rarely steps out of the realm of reality. The undying optimism of Carell’s, Ben Cooper is annoying sometimes but understandable later in the movie. It also passes on the normal dumb or neglectful parent character type that plague family movies for successful, smart, caring parents.I got to tell you it was good to see. The two older siblings of Alexander were kind of the norm as they seemed bothered by their little brothers existence. The baby boy didn’t seem to be a real factor in most of the movie.

Honestly, I thought the movie would be worse after the trailer. I figured there would be goofy, eye rolling physical comedy abound but it was done better than that. Ultimately though it is what it is, a family movie and that’s OK. The family spirit overcoming terrible days and situations together is something families need to see. I wouldn’t go in expecting a Steve Carell comedy masterpiece but if you have a family I would highly suggest you bring them along and enjoy yourselves.