As much as I joke around about not reading, I have read many books in my life – mostly comics and kids books which I read as a child for BOOK IT to get my free personal pan pizza, but I do read. One book I never heard of was “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”, but apparently many people, including my children, have read this book and were very excited to see the mishaps of the Coopers on the big screen. The question is, does Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day work as film that will leave fans of the beloved kids book satisfied?

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day starts with Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) waking up to something terrible. Gum in his hair! From there the day slowly unravels for Alexander and his family doesn’t seem to care one bit about Alexander’s terrible bad luck. They only care about what’s going on in their lives. Alexander does what any kid his age would do. He wishes the bad luck onto his family with surprising and funny outcomes.

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For a kids film, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day has some genuinely funny slapstick moments. It helps to have a comedy veteran like Steve Carrell playing the Cooper Patriarch. Carrell is involved in some of the hilarious moments including gags with green markers, Saki and puffy shirts. Jennifer Garner proves she can be funny playing it straight as the responsible bread-winner mother who has an uncomfortable altercation with Dick Van Dyke. The adult actors provide stability to the young actors so they can lean on them during the film. It shows because the Cooper kids made up of Ed Oxenbould, Kerris Dorsey and Dylan Minnette get just as many giggles as their seasoned costars.

Anyone who has had a bad day can relate to Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Don’t expect Oscar-winning dialogue or completely fleshed out characters. The movie is not The Shawshank Redemption, but it is a film both you and your kids will get a chuckle out of. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is a harmless, fun family film that will make you feel better about how your day is going.

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Overall, I give Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day 2.75 out of 4 stars.

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