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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Gum stuck in his hair signals the start of a disastrous day for 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould). One calamity follows another, but when Alexander tells his family about his misadventures, he finds little sympathy. Alexander begins to wonder if bad things happen only to him, but he soon learns that he's not alone when his mother (Jennifer Garner), father (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves living through their own calamitous days.

Cast & Crew

Steve Carell
Ben Cooper
Jennifer Garner
Kelly Cooper
Ed Oxenbould
Alexander Cooper
Dylan Minnette
Anthony Cooper
Kerris Dorsey
Emily Cooper
Sidney Fullmer
Becky Gibson
Mekai Curtis
Paul Dumphy
Lincoln Melcher
Philip Parker
Rob Lieber
Screenwriter
Dan Levine
Producer
Philip Steuer
Executive Producer
Jason Lust
Executive Producer
Terry Stacey
Cinematographer
Michael Corenblith
Production Design
Pamela Martin
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Critic Reviews for Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

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  • 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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