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

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Critic Consensus: 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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Cast

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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Like the source material, this is one terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day that families just might find themselves revisiting often.

Full Review… | October 11, 2014
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

It's funny, fast, and charming.

Full Review… | October 10, 2014
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Arteta keeps the action speeding along while eliciting spot-on performances. Carell is at his discombobulated best, and Garner anchors the proceedings with aplomb.

Full Review… | October 10, 2014
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

There are a couple of scenes that fall flat, losing the manic push of the rest of the story, but the mood is so screwball that the film hurtles past its own mistakes. It's good fun.

Full Review… | October 10, 2014
RogerEbert.com
Top Critic

This is where the comedy comes from: that lurking fear that even the most routine of daily domestic tasks is just a spilled coffee cup away from disaster.

Full Review… | October 10, 2014
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

"Alexander" won't change your day, but it's not terrible, horrible, no good or very bad, either.

Full Review… | October 10, 2014
Detroit News
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Audience Reviews for Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

A cutesy, hard to hate comedy.

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is a pleasant comedy that earns its laughs from slapdash shenanigans. This is comedy at its most basic form. I'm surprised no one actually slipped on a banana peel or threw a pie in someone's face. Bad things happening to people has been the basis for many comedies: The Out of Towners, Home Alone, etc. The cast gamely registers discomfort in awkward situations with amusing results. Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner embellish this production with star power as the parents. Even Dick Van Dyke shows up in a funny bit playing himself. Let's be realistic. The repetitive screenplay would be more at home as a made for TV movie on the Disney channel than as a cinematic event. There's certainly nothing wrong with that. I mean High School Musical captivated millions. I had pretty low expectations given the source book and they were exceeded. This is a decent picture that entertains just enough to make it passable time filler. It's fast paced and breezes by in a scant 80 minutes. If you've got little ones to entertain, this should fit the bill. fastfilmreviews.com

Mark Hobin
Mark Hobin

Super Reviewer

½

Alexander Cooper: You gotta have the bad days so you can love the good days even more. Steve Carell is a versatile actor. He has a certain charisma that he brings to the table; he's hypnotizing in his ability to entertain. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is a pleasing, schmaltzy, sentimental family farce that delivers on its premise thanks to Carell's absolute charm. It doesn't try to be anything more than a straightforward comedy that features good morals and upstanding family values. Clocking in at a brisk 80 minutes, this is a harmless little film with fun to be had. Read the whole review at creedsdelight.com

Matt Goodman
Matt Goodman

Super Reviewer

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