Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day: His pain is your gain!

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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day:  His pain is your gain!

We’ve all had those days.  You know, the kind where there is no good side to get out of bed.  Twelve year old Alexander is having that kind of day.  But while one bad thing after another piles up on him all day long, it is his family’s sharing of their wonderful day at dinner time that breaks the kid down.   That’s when he makes his wish: that everyone could have a bad day.  Misery loves company, right?

Soon everyone in the family is having the worst day ever, while Alexander can only stand by watching helplessly and feeling increasingly guilty.  To make matters worse, the family is moving heaven and earth to give him the best birthday ever.  Eventually, the boy is forced to fess up about his wish gone wrong.

“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” is a comedy symphony that hits all the right notes-even if they are sour ones for the family involved!  While no one would be surprised by the comic genius supplied by Steve Carell as Dad Ben, Jennifer Garner as a harried mom displays comedy chops that will keep you in stitches.
Relative newbie Ed Oxenbould holds his own against the seasoned pros as Alexander, the kid who can’t seem to cop a break.

But whether it’s taking the kids to school or trying to impress on a job interview, Carell’s star shines.  You realize just how much you miss welcoming him into your home for weekly laughs.  His and Garner’s performances do much to elevate the movie to more than the average family film.

While kid makes wish with unforeseen consequences is a time worn premise, “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” is funny from start to finish without resorting to endless slapstick and unbelievable situations.  It is in fact all very believable which leads to plenty of cringing and laughing. 

I highly recommend “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” for your family as the perfect way to have a great day at the movies


“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” clamors in with 3 &1/2 Red Vines for great family fun

 


Previews of these movies were provided to me by the studios but it in no way affects my unbiased review.