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

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Affably pleasant without ever trying to be anything more, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is a fine -- albeit forgettable -- family diversion.



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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. (c) Disney

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Steve Carell
as Ben Cooper
Jennifer Garner
as Kelly Cooper
Ed Oxenbould
as Alexander
Dylan Minnette
as Anthony Cooper
Kerris Dorsey
as Emily Cooper
Elise Vargas
as Baby Trevor
Zoey Vargas
as Baby Trevor
Sidney Fullmer
as Becky Gibson
Lincoln Melcher
as Philip Parker
Reese C. Hartwig
as Elliot Gibson
Martha Hackett
as Mrs.Gibson
Mary Matilyn Mouser
as Audrey Gibson
Alex Désert
as Mr. Rogue
Liz Carey
as Yoga Instructor
Rizwan Manji
as Mr. Cellars
Eric Edelstein
as Mr. Tonucci
Tara Brooks
as Receptionist Abby
Tara Brook
as Receptionist Abby
Andrew Franklin
as Captain Hook
Cassandra Braden
as High School Teacher
Ruben Vernier
as Video Game Receptionist
Ben Greene
as Joaquin
Scott Takeda
as Video Game Exec Yoshi
Burn Gorman
as Mr. Brand
Angelyna Martinez
as Bookstore Employee
Dennison Samaroo
as Pharmacist
Jonathan Slavin
as Tux Shop Employee
Jonah Goldman
as Actor John Darling
Katelyn Hilario
as Actor Wendy Darling
Alex Biffin
as Thunder From Down Under Dancer
David F. Harris
as Thunder From Down Under Dancer
Steve Bannos
as Thunder From Down Under Dancer
Michael Blaiklock
as Nagamaki Host
Cort Rogers
as Stage Hand
Alina Phelan
as Pregnant Sheila
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  • For a while, it looks as if the moral is going to be that negativity isn't all bad, which, for an American children's film, seems rather daring. Alas, the point is drowned out in a final chorus of affirmations.

    Dec 3, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • This frenetic kids' comedy about a ker-razy family and all the wacky mishaps that befall them is neither terrible nor horrible. It's just adequate -- a message-heavy montage of chaos and engineered hilarity.

    Oct 23, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Decidedly mediocre yet hard to hate.

    Oct 23, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Like the source material, this is one terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day that families just might find themselves revisiting often.

    Oct 11, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • It's funny, fast, and charming.

    Oct 10, 2014 | Full Review…
  • The grownups grab a few legitimately funny bits, but it makes for strangely agitating, passive-aggressive matinee fare: perhaps you just have to enjoy watching rows breaking out more than this viewer does.

    Oct 10, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Mike McCahill

    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

  • Jun 14, 2017
    When something fresh and successful comes along, everyone wants a piece of it. Shortly following the films release, a number of copycats emerge and to be honest most of them are terrible. Maybe it's because we tend to compare it to the original or maybe it's because the scripts are rushed and just aren't that good. In any case, after the release of the Wimpy Kid series, we saw a lot of these family comedies, centering on the not so popular kids, and as expected, most of them were awful, with one notable exception. Alexander's bad day focuses on a young man whose birthday coincides with his first day of middle school, which doesn't go so well. After receiving no sympathy from his family, Alexander wishes that they all had their own bad day, and the results were hilarious. This isn't the typical PG family comedy you see from Disney, as it was quite raunchy for them and really pushes the boundary of that PG rating. Ed Oxenbould stars as Alexander and fits the role like a glove. Oxenbould looks and sounds kind of awkward, after all it is a strange age, but watching him gave the feeling that he's not all that unfamiliar with being unpopular. Possibly playing on real life experience, he rivals Alex Gordon with a performance that was not only believable, but it was also very funny. Another advantage this film has over the Wimpy Kid series is that the young cast has help from some of Hollywood's elite, as co-stars include Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner. The pair give a lot of support and the producers use them to break-up the middle school monotony that would has surely ensued. While not my usual genre, I loved the Wimpy kid series, but Alexander's bad day is more than an adequate alternative for those who are looking for something a little bit different.
    Todd S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 04, 2015
    One of the better family comedy movies of late.
    Ian W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 15, 2014
    This is one of those movies where people find themselves in exponentially more and more disastrous situations and we laugh ourselves silly at them. It's kinda funny, and kinda sweet, thoroughly fine, but certainly not terrible, no good, or very bad. Steve Carrell and Jennifer Garner anchor the proceedings very well, and Ed Oxenbould is an endearing enough Alexander. Some of it is even quite funny, but it never rises above a run-of-the-mill family comedy, even though it occasionally promises an edgier bite than it delivers.
    Kyle W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 16, 2014
    Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is a very fun and lovable film that kids and adults alike will enjoy. Its nothing new or original, but the cast and humor is fun enough to make this a childhood classic.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer

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