Based on the book by Judith Viorst, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day revolves around the Cooper family as they experience the day from hell. On the eve of his twelfth birthday, things couldn’t be worse for young Alexander. He’s woken up with chewing gum in his hair, has nearly set the science classroom on fire and discovered that the most popular boy in school is throwing a birthday party on the same day as his. Fed up of having his troubles dismissed by his family’s relentless positivity and seemingly perfect lives, he makes a wish over a birthday candle that they could have a terrible day themselves.
After sleeping in late the following morning (Home Alone style), it sets off a chain of events that push the family’s positivity to the brink as they try to make the best of what appears to be a cursed day. A comedy of errors involving a drugged up performance of Peter Pan, a botched driving lesson, a Kangaroo and Dick Van Dyke. A very enjoyable live action film from Disney, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day put a smile on my face from beginning to end. It’s good-natured family fun that is witty enough and sweet enough to please even a hardened cynic like myself. Relatable in the sense that we’ve all had days where we’ve felt the world is against us, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day won’t change your life but will brighten up your day considerably.
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