'Bad Day' has a snappy silver lining

October 9, 2014 10:06 PM

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'Bad Day' has a snappy silver lining

It may have the year's longest title, but Alexander's movie is not terrible, horrible, or even half bad. In fact, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (**½ out of four; rated PG; opens Friday nationwide) is a pleasant, entertaining way to spend just under 90 minutes, particularly if accompanied by children.

The movie's appeal is largely due to director Miguel Arteta's light touch, as well as the affability of Steve Carell and the low-key charm of the titular 'tween character, played by Ed Oxenbould.

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