Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Movie Review
Winning the award for the longest movie title of the year, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day offers harmless, family-friendly fun. It’s no family staple, but it never had those aspirations to begin with.
The movie more or less lives up to its title, with Alexander (Ed Oxenbould), his parents (Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner) and siblings all suffering a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. You know it’s all going to end up well in the end, and director Miguel Arteta doesn’t even try to suggest otherwise.
Alexander and the… Bad Day is fun, light-hearted and whimsical, relying on harmless-but-hardly-catchy PG-rated humor to skate audiences through its breezy 80-minute running time. That’s enough for it to work.
Its unwillingness to be even remotely edgy, or to even imply that the characters could face long-lasting ramifications, holds Alexander and the… Bad Day back, however. Carell lighting himself on fire during a job interview? Hilarious! For a seven-year-old. Garner being forced to decide between her demanding job and family duties? So original! To no one. These kinds of things are hardly offensive, but even in family films it is okay to throw a few punches, and a couple of curveballs.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is easy to enjoy, hard to love. But if you’re just looking for something to watch with the kids, you could do much worse.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.