Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day This may not be the simply told tale you remember from all those childhood bedtime readings, but in expanding and modernizing Judith Viorst's 1972 classic,… Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day This may not be the simply told tale you remember from all those childhood bedtime readings, but in expanding and modernizing Judith Viorst's 1972 classic,… 2014-10-10 PG PT80M Kids and Family Steve Carell Jennifer Garner Walt Disney Pictures
Movie Review

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014)

MPAA Rating: PG
ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY Steve Carell
Image credit: Dale Robinette
ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY Steve Carell
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Oct 10, 2014; Rated: PG; Length: 80 Minutes; Genre: Kids and Family; With: Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner; Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures

This may not be the simply told tale you remember from all those childhood bedtime readings, but in expanding and modernizing Judith Viorst's 1972 classic, Disney and director Miguel Arteta have fashioned a sweet, wholesome story about an awkward 11-year-old who endures a rotten 24 hours. Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner anchor the swiftly plotted movie as the (mostly) calm-under-pressure parents of Alexander (newcomer Ed Oxenbould). The grown-ups are just trying to temper the storms that hit their six-person clan, which also includes a baby, a too-cool teen (Dylan Minnette), and an eager theater kid (Kerris Dorsey, excellent). Whether it's a diaperless tot succumbing to nature's will, a bratty girlfriend, a disastrous driver's test, or a calamitous job interview, each extreme situation is handled with deft slapstick timing and surprisingly relatable humanity. Alexander is pleasantly devoid of the vulgarity and too-current pop culture references that are the default mode for many contemporary live-action kids' pics, and its earnest celebration of family gives the movie a comforting throwback vibe. Like the source material, this is one terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day that families just might find themselves revisiting often. B

Originally posted Oct 08, 2014 Published in issue #1333 Order article reprints
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Weekend of Oct 26 Box Office Source: Rentrak Corp.
Rank Title Weekend Gross* Weeks on Chart Cume. Gross* EW Grade
1.
Ouija
Universal
$20.0 1 $20.0 C-
2.
John Wick
Lionsgate
$14.1 1 $14.1 A-
3.
Fury
Sony
$13.0 2 $46.0 C+
4.
Gone Girl
Fox
$11.1 4 $124.1 A
5. $9.8 2 $29.9 A-
6.
St. Vincent
Weinstein Co.
$8.1 3 $9.2 B
7. $7.0 3 $45.5 B
8.
The Best of Me
Relativity
$4.7 2 $17.7 D
9.
The Judge
Warner Bros.
$4.3 3 $34.4 B
10.
Dracula Untold
Universal
$4.3 3 $48.3 C
* in millions

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