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

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

October. 08,2014

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.



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good film but with many flaws


This is a small, humorous movie in some ways, but it has a huge heart. What a nice experience.

Sienna-Rose Mclaughlin

The movie really just wants to entertain people.


It is a whirlwind of delight --- attractive actors, stunning couture, spectacular sets and outrageous parties. It's a feast for the eyes. But what really makes this dramedy work is the acting.


It's nice to see a family comedy that does great at the box office! It's not so nice to see such a low rating here on IMDb. I think that this film successfully treads a fine line between portraying the vicissitudes of life and a bit of humor. Yes, you could look at things superficially and just see funny/disastrous things happening to a family. Or, you can look just a little deeper and see how everyday life can weigh our spirits down...if we let them...and sometimes it's hard not to.Ed Oxenbould, as the principal child in the cast (age 12) does nicely, although I can't see him becoming a very successful child star; he's struggling with entering puberty and feeling ignored by his family. Steve Carell handles the role of the father with aplomb; the father is out of work and trying to land a software job. Jennifer Garner, as the mother, also handles things well; she is having her own challenges on the work front. Dylan Minnette is appropriately cool as the older brother; he's having issues with his girlfriend. Kerris Dorsey is clearly talented as the older sister; she may or may not be the next Peter Pan in her school play. Each member of the family is struggling coping with everyday life.In terms of supporting cast, it's worth mentioning Megan Mullally playing her usual -itchy attitude as the mother's boss. It's also nice to see Dick VanDyke in a cameo role.The big mystery here to me is Donald Glover as the lead of a software company where the father is attempting to land a job. I have yet to figure out who Donald Glover a person. And from what I read, he hasn't figured himself out either. There seems to me to be no pattern to his career; unfortunately, it seems as if his career is based on his "cuteness"...despite the fact that he is clearly extremely talented. It'll be interesting to see where he ultimately lands.The problem is this film is that -- despite what we may wish -- everyone can't always find a happy ending...particularly at virtually the same time. There's one good lesson for kids here -- to some extent what we make of a day (or life) is up to us. But there's a bad lesson here, too -- despite the film, life doesn't always have happy endings.It's entertaining, it's fun, and it can be thought provoking if you get beyond looking at it superficially.


I'm giving this movie 5 stars because it was never for me, it was for the kids. And they enjoyed it I think.Here's the deal, this movie is pretty forgettable. It's not as terrible as several other viewers have said, but it's not a masterpiece. They don't make good kids' movies like they used to when we were young, so it's unfair to compare these that way.My main complaints with this movie are realistic issues. Like, how on Earth can they fit so many activities into the day after school gets out? (Going to the store which we find out later took nearly an hour, the DMV, the dry cleaners, a school play, picking up a girl to take to prom, dinner at a fancy restaurant, and a birthday party)....all before the sun goes down. Maybe doable if that school play is at like 4pm, but what school would do that knowing so many parents work? Also, how did the mom meet up with the family so flawlessly if she was borrowing someone's bike an hour ago? Did the woman get her bike back? And seriously, she was about to lose her job over the book misprint, and she just poof, decided to skip the rest of work to be with the family. Yeah, that'll go over real well in real life. And if you destroy all the parking meters and cause all that commotion during your driving test, I'm quite sure there'd be a whole police investigation, granted not entertainment, but clearly extending the day even further. Also, they have time to stop and get big brother's tux, but not time to swing by the house and get dad a suitable shirt for his interview? I'm not buying it.Glad the kids had a chuckle or two. But overall, the movie tries to do too much in a short amount of time, which leaves half of the cast/plot very poorly developed. There's a scene where big bro gets suspended from school, but apparently is still allowed to go to prom that night. I could go on, but it's just not that serious.


This film with the overlong title came presented to me on Sky Demand. I have yet to find out why.The film's basic premise is: Kid has bad days, wishes for everybody else in the family to have a bad day instead. So they do. Kid then realises how stupid he was to request such a thing (or has a guilt trip, whichever floats your boat) and tries to make it up. He ends up having a birthday party, the same one he had to cancel earlier because it clashed with somebody else's.This is the sort of film you'd expect to see straight to air on the Disney Channel. Surprised to learn it had a budget of $28million overall, as it clearly wasn't spent on the writing or the cast.The jokes are predictable, you can see them coming (especially the one with the cough syrup) and while there are a handful of good ideas here, they are far and between and underdeveloped when they do appear.Pleasant as it was to see Dick Van Dyke, and the presence of old school music (primarily 4 Non Blondes and INXS) on the soundtrack, it wasn't enough to make up for a typical Disney fodder pushing PG-13 standards crying out for a better script.It's not the worst movie ever made. I've seen far far worse and far far better.

Akshay Hegde

The only other film I have seen with such a weirdly long name is the Kubrik's Dr. Strangelove. While Dr. Strangelove was a memorable classic, this one is totally forgettable. Its not a very bad film, it has its funny entertaining moments. But it totally suffers with weak characters, bland predictable story and so-so acting which is common with the Comedy genre in Hollywood nowadays. Alexander, a 12 year old boy always seems to have his luck bad and bad days never leave him. While, everyone around him seems to be having a perfect life. On his birthday, he wishes that his family also gets to experience how horrible a day can be. We all know, how the movie is going to end , the only thing we want to see what kind of laugh it offers. Frankly, the humor was more of silly than funny. Lot of juvenile humor, yet there is also quite a bit of crude humor which I suggest is not for kids. The characters are quite shallow plus annoyingly clichéd and stupid. Even Steve Carell could not uplift the terrible script. I saw this film on an extremely boring afternoon, so maybe that's why I had a few laughs. Apart from that, this just an average, mediocre,not special, very bland film.RATING: [2/5]