Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day movie review - Aussieboyreviews


This family film about “a bad day” actually holds some positivity as well. Entertaining, comedic and distracting, this movie is a delightful choice for families and kids.


Alexander’s day begins with spilt milk, gum in his hair and his annoying family, going through a string of negative experiences each day. On the night of his twelfth birthday, he makes a wish that they finally understood, but things are chaotic for him and his family when he wakes up the next day.

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Movie details

Director: Miguel Arteta
Cast: Ed Oxenbould, Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Dylan Minnette, Kerris Dorsey, Bella Thorne, Elise Vargas, Zoey Vargas
Writer: Rob Lieber
Release Date (Australia): 4 December 2014
Runtime: 81 minutes/1h 21m
Genre: Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (PG)

The film contains thematic material in the form of crude humour. There are also mild perilous situations including a teenager driving a car recklessly, a man’s sleeves setting on fire and a teenager vomiting and acting drunk after taking medicine.

Violence (G)

The film contains scenes of slapstick violence, including a man being kicked by a kangaroo.

Coarse Language (PG)

The film features a single use of the word “crap” and use of the word “hell”.

Nudity (G)

The film contains a depiction of a nude baby’s buttocks.

Sex (G)

The film contains very mild sexual references.

mpaa rating

PG (for rude humor including some reckless behavior and language)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Alexander and his family’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day is certainly as chaotic and eventful as it sounds. This 2014 family comedy is based on Judith Viorst’s book of the same name, and is basically an extended edition of the book that focuses both equally on having a negative mindset between steering the ship with positivity in tough situations.

With a centre theme on a kid who usually experiences negative days and he and his entire family having what they quirkily call a “terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day”, you’ll find that alike most kids’ and families’ movies, there’s messages and morals set around being positive and especially family. Miguel Arteta highlights these messages in a happy and an honestly heartwarming and motivating way.

Speaking of the family, the choice of casting for each of the family members and even Celia is very memorable and extra witty. Steve Carell, Ed Oxenbould and Bella Thorne are the greatest out of them all, being funny and undeniably true to their characters’ personalities. Another one of the best things throughout this comedy is the fact that it’s so eventful and constantly entertaining.

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