[Movie Review] Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

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Life starts getting very unlucky for the Cooper family.

Grab your popcorn and good luck charms, because Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is now in theaters.

Based on the classic children’s book by Judith Viorst, which has sold over 4 million copies since it was published in 1972, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day follows 11-year-old Alexander (played by Ed Oxenbould) as he has a very unlucky day.

His whole family, on the other hand, seems to live charmed lives, so Alexander wishes on a birthday candle for them to have an awful day too.

The wish comes true, and mishaps soon follow, causing everything from car battery issues to babysitter drama.

Alexander’s mom is played charmingly by Jennifer Garner and his father is played hilariously by Steve Carell, as they stumble along with clumsiness, bad timing, and terrible luck.

The movie is definitely a fun ride, but it starts losing steam about halfway through with predictable misfortunes you can spot coming a mile away. For an enjoyable afternoon romp through slapstick humor and silly tragedies, this forgettable comedy is a pleasant distraction. So, our final verdict? We give this film a “B+”.

Images of Disney.