Based on the very popular Judith Viorst 1972 book of the same name, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day tells the story of 12-year-old, Alexander (Ed Oxenbould). If you’ve never read the book, or just by glancing at the title of the movie, you might believe that it’s Alexander that is having the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. That’s not exactly the case. Instead, the title of the film is about Alexander’s family having the bad day, but it’s something Alexander can relate to. Alexander finds himself having bad days often and he feels the rest of his family just doesn’t share in his daily frustration.
When Alexander awakens the next morning, it seems like his wish is coming true. The entire house, with the exception of Alexander, has overslept and it’s a particularly bad day for this to happen to all of them as each of the family members have big plans for the day. His dad (Steve Carell), has a job interview. His mom (Jennifer Garner) has a children’s book that is scheduled for a celebrity reading as it’s just coming to print. Dylan Minnette plays his brother, and he has the prom and driving test to take. Finally, his sister (Kerris Dorsey) is scheduled to play Peter Pan in the school play.
As I’m sure you guessed, each of them struggle with their respective day. His dad has a rough interview while being forced to take the baby with him. His mom has a dead battery in her car after already being late and a huge misprint in a children’s book that’s already been printed and read aloud by Dick Van Dyke at a library in front of the media. His brother’s driving test goes horribly wrong and his relationship with Celia (Bella Thorne) is equally struggling. His sister catches a cold and takes so much cough syrup that she has a terrible performance in her play. The film ends at the point of Alexander’s birthday party, and there was certainly much more going on along the way, but suffice it to say, each of the family members struggle in their bad days.
We’ll leave the way thing ends to your viewing of the movie. It’s certainly worth a watch, and coming in at just over 80 minutes, it makes for a rather fast viewing. It’s a fast paced family-friendly film and I’m sure everyone in your family will enjoy it.
(HD) Alexander…in real life: A 5 minute featurette of the real-life Alexander, Judith Viorst’s son.
(HD) Snappy Crocs and Punchy Roos: A 7 minute look at The Australian outback birthday party.
(HD) Walkabout: A video library: Ed Oxenbould’s 6 minute video diary.
(HD) And the delightful, magnificent, very good bloopers: A short blooper reel of about 3 minutes
(HD) “Hurricanes”: A music video by The Vamps
Studio and Year: Disney – 2014
Blu-ray Disc release Date: February 10, 2015
MPAA Rating: PG
Feature running time: 81 minutes
Disc Format: BD-50
Video Aspect: 2.39:1
Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, French/Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Starring: Jennifer Garner, Steve Carell, Ed Oxenbould, Dylan Minnette, Kerris Dorsey, Bella Thorne, Megan Mullaly
Directed by: Miguel Arteta
Music by: Christophe Beck
Written by: Rob Lieber based on the book Judith Viorst
Region Code: A,B,C
Disclosure: We received a complimentary copy of this movie. All opinions are our own.