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

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

Just from the ridiculous title, I had a distinct feeling that this was going to be terrible and I almost turned down an invitation to see it. However, I must own up – I actually enjoyed this quite a bit. It is cheesy and clichéd (of course) but it makes you feel good and is a perfect family film.

Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner are the heads of the Cooper family. Everything seems to be fine for them and they have a positive outlook on life, except for Alexander (Ed Oxenbould). He thinks most days suck and he wishes his parents and siblings Anthony (Dylan Minnette) and Emily (Kerris Dorsey) would just have a bad day for once. His wish comes true and hilarity ensues.

I had a very cynical approach to this and was determined not to like it. In the very beginning, the jokes were very predictable and try-hard and I just hoped that was not how it would continue. It didn’t, thankfully. I’m not saying this is one of Disney’s best films, but if you are looking for a movie to take your youngsters to at the weekend, this will work a treat.


Obviously a lot of bad things happen to the family on their terrible day and obviously they learn the meaning of family blah blah blah – so far, so predictable – but the ride is still much funnier than I was expecting. I actually think parents might like this more than the children because it is so relatable to the struggles parents on a daily basis balancing family and work.  There is not much overt laughter but I did stifle a giggle a couple of times.

The family have great chemistry and Alexander is a sweet lead character, although he has some very cheesy lines (as does Carell). This is first film I’ve seen Bella Thorne in and she was completely annoying. The characters outside the family are not fleshed out well but that’s to be expected from a family film like this. It’s all about the ‘fun’ plot. If you can put your pessimistic ‘this is cheesy/clichéd/predictable’ thought aside, you will probably enjoy this and leave with a smile on your face.

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