Dale Robinette
Lindsey Bahr
August 15, 2014 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
80 minutes
Wide Release Date
10/10/14
performer
Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner
director
Miguel Arteta
distributor
Walt Disney Pictures
genre
Kids and Family

We gave it an B

Sometimes life just gives you a wad of gum in your hair. In director Miguel Arteta’s adaptation of Judith Viorst’s classic 1972 kids’ book, not only do things go badly for 11-year-old Alexander (newcomer Ed Oxenbould), but his family gets a rotten day all their own. The shoot was similarly chaotic. ”There was fire, things falling off of cars, fake vomit, crocodiles, and pee,” says Steve Carell, who stars as Alexander’s job-seeking dad. But on-set mayhem proved necessary for the cast. Says Jennifer Garner, who plays the harried breadwinning mom, ”It wasn’t till we had our first day together in the hot, hot sun doing the same scene over and over that we felt like a family.”

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