Alexander and the Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
(Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Ed Oxenbould, Dylan Minnette, et al / Blu ray / NR / 2015 / Walt Disney)
Overview: 'Alexander's day begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by more calamities. Though he finds little sympathy from his family and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him, his mom, dad, brother, and sister all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day!
DVD Verdict: OK, I'm just going to call this movie 'Alexander Has a Bad Day ...' because I'm too lazy to type out the whole title! The movie itself is basically a Disney Channel Original Movie that just so happened to star Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner. It has all the basic trappings a family movie like it has, but it isn't as painful as you might expect.
Good: I like how it gets to the point. Alexander has a bad day, wishes his family could experience it, and they get into shenanigans. Nothing else and it works for what it has to do. A bunch of slapstick and having Garner and Carell help sell it better. There are some scenes where I did laugh which an achievement compared to some other films of this ilk.
Bad: It is still a Disney Channel family movie so there isn't much here aside from some jokes and a sappy message near the end. Nothing memorable or terribly worthy of big laughs.
Also, the flash-forward and voice-over don't work very well and detract from the scenes that contribute to the unusual elements we see on screen in the early shots.
And finally on the Bad note, the film has a strong theme that is a bit heavy-handed at times. We really don't need all the major characters standing around in a circle several times telling each other and the audience the theme of the movie.
Overall, and despite the huge title, there is little to say about this movie. Good watch for the kids and something to fill in the background silence, but that's it. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Bonus Features of:
Alexander...In Real Life - Author Judith Viorst and her son, the real Alexander, share the story behind the book and its impact on their lives
Snappy Crocs And Punchy Roos: The Australian Outback Yard Part Walkabout: A Video Diary
And The Delightful, Magnificent, Very Good Bloopers
"Hurricane" By The Vamps - Music Video