Alexander and the Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014)

Director: Miguel Arteta

Synopsis: Alexander is a young man down on his luck. He always has a bad day and the rest of his family seems to shine. He has bad luck at home and school! His sister is the lead in the school play and his brother is going to be crowned Duke of the junior prom, and all he gets is gum in his hair. Not to mention his adorable baby brother that his Mom and Dad seem to center most of their attention on. At midnight  Alexander makes himself a birthday sunday and has a birthday wish, he wishes the rest of his family would have a day like his.

Review: Alexander and the Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is based on a book written by Judith Viorst in 1972. I read this book as a child and also read it to my son. This movie was a good and unique adaption. The original book was only 32 pages and the movie adaptation was an hour and twenty minutes long. Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner did an impressive job as the cursed parents. The father (Carell) had a botched job interview with his toddler son in tow and the mother (Garner) encountered a crazy book reading that was important for her company that went all wrong. In addition to the parents bad day his older brother and sister felt the wrath of his bad luck. His sister, the star of the play decimated the play settings and his brother somehow ends up wrecking the family mini van amd wearing a blue tux. Following all these events is Alexander’s birthday party. In true Disney fashion everyone comes together and makes things happen, however that is not without incident either. All in all this movie is quite enjoyable to watch with the family.



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