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

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
  • PG
  • 1h 21m
  • 2014
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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.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics 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.
Entertainment Weekly
Lindsey Bahr

Like the source material, this is one terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day that families just...

June 25, 2017
New York Magazine/Vulture
Bilge Ebiri

It's funny, fast, and charming.

June 25, 2017
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Calvin Wilson

Arteta keeps the action speeding along while eliciting spot-on performances. Carell is at his disc...

June 25, 2017
Sheila O'Malley

There are a couple of scenes that fall flat, losing the manic push of the rest of the story, but t...

June 25, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Sweet book-based comedy has great family messages.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is loosely based on the classic children's book of the same name. During 11-year-old Alexander's very bad day, his 13-year-old sister (Kerris Dorsey) drinks cough medicine from the bottle and ends up drunk, his dad (Steve Carell) accidentally sets his shirt on fire, and his 16-year-old brother (Dylan Minnette) picks up his cell phone during a driving test, then gets into a car accident. Additional mayhem also ensues, but amidst the chaos, Alexander's family manages to support each other and ends up even stronger than they were before. There's also some mild language (butt jokes, "crap," "idiot," "sucks," etc.) and inappropriate behavior (cyberbullying, the suggestion that party performers are going to start stripping, etc.), but ultimately this is a sweet, entertaining movie with positive messages about finding humor in adversity and coming together as a family.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy, Family
  • Release Date:October 10, 2014
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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