I love a good family movie and over the past decade or so, while animated films seem to be getting better and better, family films seem to be dropping off the radar. Even the more successful films like the Spy Kids franchise seem to be catering more to the kids and less to the family. So I was pleasantly surprised by Disney’s latest family live action effort, Alexander and the Horrible, Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) can’t seem to get a break. Everything seems to go wrong for him all the time while the rest of his family seems to live the easy life and get everything they want. But on the eve of his birthday, Alexander wishes that everyone could experience a horrible day like his and the following morning his entire family is in for the surprise of their lives when nothing is destined to go right for any of them.
The first thing they got right with Alexander and the Horrible, Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is the casting. From Ed Oxenbould as the lovable Alexander to Dylan Minnette as his older brother Anthony, Kerris Dorsey as his stage star sister Emily and Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner as his parents Ben and Kelly, every actor nails their characters and their reactions to the worst day in their lives. While the story does go to ridiculous extremes, it never really leaves the believable real world which really keeps it grounded and makes it relatable. The Cooper family really could be any of us and we identify with the horrible day that just gets worse and worse. Alexander and the Horrible, Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is a very entertaining family movie that will not grind on your nerves with repeat viewings, instead it will just endear itself to you further and the laughs will keep you and the family rollicking. Highly recommended.
Format: Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
Language: English, Spanish, French
Subtitles: French, Spanish, English
Dubbed: French, Spanish
Region: All Regions
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
Number of discs: 1
MPAA Rating: PG