Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day review – unremarkable heart-warmer

There are slapstick chuckles in this adaptation of Judith Viorst’s popular children’s story, but little spark

ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE
Ed Oxenbould as Alexander, demonstrating what a bad day feels like. Photograph: DISNEY/Allstar
Ed Oxenbould as Alexander, demonstrating what a bad day feels like. Photograph: DISNEY/Allstar
Mark Kermode
, Observer film critic

Last modified on Wed 21 Mar 2018 20.21 EDT

Author Judith Viorst’s children’s favourite from the 70s provides the title (if little else) for this unremarkable heart-warmer about a dorky preteen who wishes his family could find out what a really rubbish day feels like. Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner are the stay-at-home dad and hard-working mum whose daily routines are shattered, while Alexander’s brother and sister face prom night/opening night catastrophes respectively. Slapstick chuckles are duly delivered, but the edgy spark with which director Miguel Arteta made his name is notable by its absence.

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