Movie Review of Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”


Last night I took my boys to watch a screening of Disney’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Based on the very popular children’s book written by Judith Viorst and illustrated by Ray Cruz, the movie follows 11 year old Alexander who experiences the most terrible, horrible day ever, due to one disaster after another (gum in his hair, setting his class lab on fire, losing his little brother’s favorite pacifier etc…). As a result of his horrible day, which is the eve of his 12th birthday, Alexander wishes for his family to also experience a horrible day like he did. The next day, Alexander’s 12th birthday, starts with one disaster after another for every single one of his family members (mom, dad, older brother, older sister and baby brother).

Starring Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner and a slew of other great cast members,  Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is an innocent comedy that will keep the audience laughing at the silliness and the bad luck. The ending is predictable with a predictable message of family togetherness. It is so rare to find a safe, family movie these days, adults can look past the predictability and accept the movie for what it brings to people all ages.

My 5 and 7 year old boys were cracking up through the entire movie. This movie was totally up their alley. When we left, my oldest even said, “I hope they make a second movie about Alexander.” I obviously saw the goofiness and absurdity of some of the events in the movie, but for what it is, a family movie, it was enjoyable!


They are not mad, they were just trying to copy Alexander’s face.


Genre: Family Comedy

Rating: PG

U.S. Release Date: October 10, 2014

Cast: Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Dylan Minnette, Ed Oxenbould, Kerris Dorsey, Megan Mullally, Jennifer Coolidge, Bella Thorne

Director: Miguel Arteta

Producers: Shawn Levy, Lisa Henson, Dan Levine

Executive Producers: Philip Steuer, Jason Lust

Writer: Rob Lieber

Based on the novel by: Judith Viorst