Oddly enough (take another deep breath in), Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day isn't actually a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad movie (and release). The trailer was occasionally fun, if not rather forced and very very Disney, although that's usually not really a bad thing. There is, however, such thing as overly-Disney, and I feared this movie would go down that path, like many of their live action films do. It doesn't, thank goodness. It does, unfortunately, have a few problems though. The main one being that it's target audience is yet to be decided. The film plays off as a children's film, but the content and humour is aimed for a more teenager-y audience. It's a problem, but I enjoyed it, so there's that. I was the only person in my theatre who was both over the age of five and was willing to see the film, and I was also the one who laughed the hardest. I'm still not entirely sure if that says something about me or the movie.
The film's rather predictable too. It follows the numbers, colours in-between the lines, and comes out safely on the other side. It's a formulaic tale of family, but it's an entertaining one. I don't even really mind that it's predictable though because it's handled well. The film is full of so many small, family centred moments. Some humorous others meaningful. There's a scene with the whole family making a song out of weird sounds they can make that's not only sweet, but also rather hilarious. That's what this film is. In fact, that one scene alone pretty much summarises what you're in for when going in to see this film.
To sum up, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day doesn't have much talent outside of Garner and Carell, plus the film follows a predictable storyline, but it's simple, innocent fun that's great while it lasts.