Trailer Tuesday (on a Wednesday): Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Written by Bill Bodkin & Logan J. Fowler



Release Date: October 10, 2014

Starring: Steve Carrell, Jennifer Garner, Ed Oxenbould, Kerris Dorsey, Donald Glover, Megan Mullally.

Director: Miguel Arteta (Cedar Rapids, The Good Girl)

Plot: Based on Judith Viorst’s 1972 children’s book, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander as he experiences the most terrible 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 is not alone when his brother, sister, mom, and dad all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days

Pre-Trailer Thoughts: One of my favorite kid books and cartoons is getting a film adaptation. The book is like 15 pages and meant for young ones. This is probably going to be awful. –LJF

Pre-Trailer Thoughts: This is a thing now? –BB

Rate the trailer (1-5): One out of five. The fact that Steve Carrel is in this disgusts me. C’mon dude, you’re better than this! And Donald Glover too? Ugh.Seriously, I understand he gave up Community to focus on rapping, but this looks like a waste of his talent. Plus, that kangaroo’s CGI looks dreadful and I don’t even understand why there is a Kangaroo. Does it have something to do with the fact that the titular character hates his day so much he wants to move to Australia? I don’t know, but even if, it’s a horrible idea (no pun intended). –LJF

Rate the trailer (1-5): One out of five. This is your paint-by-numbers Disney kids movie, but why on earth are two still very viable Hollywood actors in Steve Carrell and Jennifer Garner in this? This is the type of thing an on-their-way-out star attaches themselves to kind of like when Chevy Chase starred in the JTT film Man of the House or a yet-to-be-revitalized Dennis Quaid starred in the Lohan-fueled remake of The Parent Trap. Maybe they did it for their own kids, who knows. As far as trailers goes this is as been there, done that as possible. –BB

Theater, Rent, No Thanks, Undecided? No thanks. While I’m way out of the age bracket for this sort of thing, like I said, I really enjoyed everything having to do with the original concept before it was turned into a full length feature. I guarantee you this will not be like Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Both mediums were different (book and movie) but both were great in their own right. This movie just looks bad and it’s a shame such talented people are in involved. Probably going to be a horrible, no good, very bad movie. –LJF

Theater, Rent, No Thanks, Undecided? No thanks. I’m sure once I have kids I’ll be forced to see movies like this, but for now, I’ll pass. Honestly, I don’t think the terrible trailer is really going to reflect how bad this movie is actually going to be. Steve Carrell and Jennifer Garner are the type of actors who normally can take pretty bad material and elevate it, so there’s hope there. This’ll be a harmless, aww shucks movie that’ll be good when it’s on TBS in a few years. –BB

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