Cinema Review: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day


Posted November 4, 2014 in Cinema Reviews

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

Director: Miguel Arteta

Talent: Steve Carrell, Jennifer Garner, Ed Oxenbould, Dylan Minnette

Release Date: 24th October 2014

It would be easy to dismiss Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day as a ‘terrible’, ‘horrible’, ‘no good’, ‘very bad’ movie. But it’s not as bad as all that. In fact, it’s much worse, because it’s a movie for children that spends most of its running time dealing in the post-millennial banalities of modern parenting and job-hunting.

On the eve of his 12th birthday, Alexander Cooper wishes for his parents and siblings to experience the same kind of bad luck that he does on a daily basis.  Cue an hour or so of ‘rude humour and some reckless behaviour’ (it takes the matter-of-fact MPAA rating descriptor to do Alexander’s content justice!) But all the reckless behaviour and rude humour under the sun can’t distract you from the dull-as-dishwater scenario on show here.  Perhaps Disney should add ‘boring’ to the list of adjectives in Alexander’s clumsy title.

Words: Luke Maxwell

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