Title: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Director: Miguel Arteta Year: 2014 Run time: 1hr 21m
“Following the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life - a day that begins with 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 finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns that he’s not alone when his mom, dad, brother and sister all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn’t had one.”
0:58 - “There’s no such thing as a bad day, it’s only how you look at it.” 4:03 - Practicing tongue twisters in the mirror is a good way to pass the time. 7:11 - You can’t dictate how someone ends their texts. 8:32 - I wanna see Steve Carell tap dancing with a cane! 16:03 - He hashtag blessed out loud! 16:53 - Trevor isn’t really a baby name. 18:46 - This is what it’s like living with Mr C. I get heaps of bad luck whilst he keeps having the best days ever. 26:13 - “The ironic Mini Cooper.” 29:36 - Alexander is a kinda annoying kid, though. 32:33 - Wreck-It Ralph reference. 33:49 - Actual Dick van Dyke! 39:34 - That’s some terrific helmet hair she’s sporting. Bike helmets, eh? 46:13 - “Chim-chiminee wants to kill me!” 48:28 - Positivitism. 58:29 - It must be brilliant to be “literally a rocket scientist.” 1:01:42 - Do you put that on your CV? Can catch food out of the air. 1:14:21 - PG Australian cowboys are fun.
I’m not totally sure this would have been our kind of film if it hadn’t had Steve Carell in it, but I do love him so had to see what it was all about. It’s silly and childish, one of those films where you just can’t see how things can keep happening like that, and half the time you’re cringing behind a pillow.
But, equally, it was fun and mindless and there were some good bits like the baby banging into the wall over and over again, and the pirate shirt at a business meeting.