“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” Review by Tarek Fayoumi


Generally these family comedies have not grabbed my attention all that much, but “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” was quite amusing. It is an adaptation based off of the classic book also called “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.” Long story short, I loved the book as a kid and read it consistently, so I just had to see this movie.

The movie stars two well-known celebrities that hold your attention throughout its entire ninety minutes. As always, Steve Carell never disappoints. He always has something to offer that will make the film hysterical at any given moment. Finally, Jennifer Garner fits the role of being the mother in this quirky, family film. The casting in this film all works perfectly, and the movie is somewhat ridiculous, but a a family film with a few laughs is what is fun for family fun at the movies.

As said earlier, the movie is an adaptation based off the children’s novel written by Judith Viorst. Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) is having the worst day of his life followed by a bunch of other disappointments and it is all taking place on the day before his birthday. Issues relating to friends, school, popularity, and his family agitating him all the time. All of this makes Alexander have one wish. That wish is for his family to see what it is like to have a terrible day. That wish comes true and when it does the anarchy begins with many disasters with everyone that is Alexander’s annoyance besides himself.

Even though the film is a bit over done to be funny, I personally had a good time with it. I felt like I can relate to the film because I remember a variety of days where I just felt like my day sucked. Regardless of how bad your day is, for Alexander’s family, their day cannot get anymore disastrous. You can’t help but become dazzled by how over the top the disasters are.

I enjoyed the family-first memo in this movie. Without any spoilers, there is the moment where you just know that the ending is going to be a good ending since this is a family film. You will wonder if Alexander is going to admit its his fault for his family’s day being such catastrophe. If he does or does not, no matter what you will still be laughing until it hurts.

Overall, “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” is somewhat dumb, but has many touching moments. If you are looking for a film to have a laugh with your kids this is definitely the right one for that scenario. I will say at least three stars for this movie.

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