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

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MPAA Rating: PG        Length: 81 minutes

Age Appropriate For: 8+. This is an enjoyably weird children’s movie that goes into some unexpected places when it comes to language: the words “penis” and “dump” are uttered a couple of times, the former as a mother admonishes her son and the latter unexpectedly makes its way into a children’s book about being potty-trained. Otherwise, some baby urination and some vomit, teenagers saying “I love you” to each other as they plan for prom, and a character getting loopy off of too much cough syrup.

Children’s book ‘Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day’ gets the Disney treatment with this big-screen adaptation. The film veers away from the source material quite a bit, but it has a likeable charm that goes down easy.

By Roxana Hadadi

“I’m the expert in bad days,” says 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) in “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” and the film goes for broke trying to prove it. It’s an expansion upon the original children’s novel by Judith Viorst published in 1972, but director Miguel Arteta (of “Cedar Rapids”) and screenwriter Rob Lieber raise the stakes without diluting the message. Any day can be horrible, but days end. It’s getting through them that matters.

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