Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

MPAA Rating: PG

Entertainment: +2

Content: +2

Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Dylan Minnette, Ed Oxenbould, Kerris Dorsey, Megan Mullally, Jennifer Coolidge, Bella Thorne. Family Comedy. Written by Rob Lieber. Directed by Miguel Arteta.

FILM SYNOPSIS: Disney’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young 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 soon learns that he’s not alone when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn't had one.

PREVIEW REVIEW: Some critics found it witty and fun for adults as well as kids. I however, am not a fan of comedies where the humor is built on incessant misfortune (Out of Towners, The Money Pit). Isn’t that why we attend movies – to get away from incessant problems? There are some life lessons to be learned, mainly about appreciating family and friends, but the ordeals become tedious for anyone but the sadistic.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright

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Crude Language: None

Obscene Language: A few crude comic moments and a few expletives, but I caught no harsh language.

Profanity: I caught the expression “Oh my god” a couple of times.

Violence: Some of the action includes reckless behavior and no family member goes without some perilous situations.

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: None

Other: None

Running Time: 81 minutes.
Intended Audience: Family

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