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

Posted on: October 6th, 2014 by

We received tickets to Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day advanced screening at no charge, to review this movie from Disney Films. We appreciate their support of Jersey Family Fun that allows us to share with families movies we think their family may enjoy



Alexander Poster

Alexander Poster

What Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is about:

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 (DylanMinnette) 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.



I must admit when I saw that they were turning one of my all time favorite children’s books into a movie I had my doubts. I mean there is something about the way  Judith Viorst’s words and Ray Cruz’s illustrations that drew me in as a child, and again as a parent reading to my 3 year old. I was not sure that Disney could pull it off.  Well, was I wrong!


This movie was beautifully cast! The minute I saw the on screen Alexander I knew Disney had got it right! From the mousy hair to the crooked smile this actor’s portrayal of the down-on-his-luck Alexander was perfect. Steve Carell was hysterical as the optimistic stay-at-home father.  Jennifer Garner was totally believable as the overwhelmed yet concerned working mother. An over confident brother and a drama queen of a sister add to the humor. After a series of terrible events occurs in one day, including burning down the science lab and throwing his baby brother’s favorite pacifier in the garbage disposal, Alexander makes a birthday wish that his family could feel what it is like to have a bad day. His family all seem to be in their own perfect worlds. What ensues next is pure chaos. Upon waking the next day, Alexander finds his brother has grown a zit, his sister who has the lead in the school play is sick with a cold, his mother has made a huge editing error in a new book and his dad has to drag his baby brother to a job interview.


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


As the family tries to keep up with each horrible event, the laughs keep coming. In one particular scene, Alexander’s dad is trying is best to impress his potential new boss while at a hibachi restaurant. He winds up catching his shirt on fire and has to put it out in the lobster tank. My daughter and I laughed out loud! This was only one of several scenes that had us as well as the entire theater roaring with laughter. It was so refreshing to see a film starring two major Hollywood stars, that was kid friendly. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day proves that movies don’t have to have inappropriate language, or excessive violence to be successful. Then again, it doesn’t surprise me since this is a Disney Family Movie. Seeing the Alexander movie was definitely a lovely, wonderful, pleasant, very good day!


Go See Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. We know you will like it as much as we did!

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In full disclosure, we were provided with tickets to the advanced screening of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day to make our review possible. As always, our opinions are honest and based on our own experiences with the movie.

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