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Category:    Home > Reviews > Comedy > Family > Alexander and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014/Disney Blu-ray)

Alexander and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014/Disney Blu-ray)

Picture: B+ Sound: B+ Extras: B- Film: B-

Disney and Director Miguel Arteta's take on the live adaptation of Judith Viorst & Ray Cruz's 1972 children book of Alexander and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014) is a fun family film and is easy for anyone who has had a bad day to relate to. The film stars Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Ed Oxenbould, Kerris Dorsey, Dylan Minnette and Bella Thorne. If you like family films where you can just kind of shut your brain off and watch the antics ensue (and solve themselves later) then this is a good watch.

The film 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 finding 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 elicits little sympathy and starts to wonder if bad things only happen to him. After he makes a wish over a birthday cake, Alexander wishes that his family would share in his woes. Which it not completely unlike Jim Carrey's film Liar Liar, where his son curses him over a birthday wish for a day where he cannot lie in his lawyer profession.

The next day, his Mother, Kelly (Jennifer Garner), Father, Ben (Steve Carell), brother, Anthony (Dylan Minnette) and sister, Emily (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there's no such thing as a bad day just hasn't had one.

The acting throughout the film is pretty strong with Carell being a stay at home fommy (a father/mommy) and Jennifer Garner being a strong female motherly lead with some charm. The younger supporting cast prove strong against the seasoned leads including rising star Dylan Minnette as Alexander's older brother who plays the role with sincerity and Alexander himself (Ed Oxenbould) who plays his part with believability.

The next day, each member of Alexander's family has a different disaster on their hands shaking their personal and professional lives. As the film progresses, some antics are more believable than others but ultimately the film ends up tying up its loose ends with time to spare - with the last ten minutes or so revolving around a birthday party where the characters end up mainly dancing and laughing.

Sound and Picture on the disc is exceptional with a 1080p digital high definition transfer and a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.39:1. The audio is very clean and clear for this kind of comedy with a DTS-HD Master Audio (MA) lossless 5.1 track and optional French and Spanish options in lossy Dolby Digital 5.1.

Extras include:

  • Alexander in Real Life

  • Snappy Crocs and Punchy Roos

  • Walkabout: A Video Diary

  • Bloopers and Music Video

All in all, the film is great to watch with your family or alone if you're looking for something goofy and fun that doesn't require much brain power.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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