Film review – Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

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Review by Lynn resident Steve Duffy



Loosely based on the 1972 classic children’s story by Judith Virost, “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” is family entertainment at its best. All kids within the age range of 10-12 will identify with Alexander’s experiences.


11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) has experienced the most terrible and horrible day of his life-a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He quickly gets that last laugh on his family when he makes a wish – that they will all have a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

There could have been a little more catastrophic mishaps to match the movie title. One of the best mishaps involves Jennifer Garner and Dick Van Dyke, playing himself, at a bookstore reading of a misspelled potty-training picture book.

Steve Carrell actually does a pretty good job of just being the funny dad without being annoying. Jennifer Garner is the practical mom who tries to balance the struggles of work/home life. It’s nice to see the funny side of Garner. The rest of the cast is likeable and they make for a believable family.

It is a fun and entertaining comedy that the entire family will enjoy and with a short runtime it will hold the attention of the little ones.


PG for rude humor including some reckless behavior and language

Run Time: 1 hr. 20 min.

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