Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014)

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014)
  • Time: 81 min
  • Genre: Comedy | Family
  • Director: Miguel Arteta
  • Cast: Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Bella Thorne


Alexander’s day begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by more calamities. Though he finds little sympathy from his family and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him, his mom, dad, brother, and sister all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.


  • On the eve of his twelfth birthday, Alexander encounters a down right awful day, with no sympathy from his family, he wishes they knew what it feels like to live through a terrible, horrible, no good very bad day. The next day he finds his family all wake up to the worst days of their lives. Rather than a film to sit back, relax and enjoy, this is more of a story with a moral to it, an uplifting one, but something that is continuously thrown at your face ‘you gotta have the bad days, so you can love the good days’.

    What bugs me most about Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is how they have no concept of time or responsibility, or even an idea of what is actually legal. I understand it’s a Disney film aimed at children and as such these kids won’t think about these sorts of things, but the adults who take their children to watch this film deserve some sort of believable and enjoyable film. For example, driving a car with no door, side mirrors and damaged wheels after crashing in your driving test may seem funny, but in reality…
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  • The movie itself is basically a Disney Channel Original Movie that just so happened to star Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner. It has all the basic trappings a family movie like it has, but it isn’t as painful as you might expect.

    I like how it gets to the point. Alexander has a bad day, wishes his family could experience it, and they get into shenanigans. Nothing else and it works for what it has to do. A bunch of slapstick and having Garner and Carell help sell it better. There are some scenes where I did laugh which an achievement compared to some other films of this ilk.

    But it is still a Disney Channel family movie so there isn’t much here aside from some jokes and a sappy message near the end. Nothing memorable or terribly worthy of big laughs.

    Overall, despite the huge title, there is little to say about this movie. Good watch for the kids and something to fill in the background silence, but that’s it.

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