Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – 3 out of 5
As a child, I never read the 1972 children’s book this film is based on but since I’m no stranger to having crummy days, I can kind of relate to what is happening to Alexander. I think we all can. Heck, I would love to meet the person who never has bad days of any kind and immediately put all my money, effort and time into trying to give them the worst day ever—because I’m clearly a petty, petty man. Or, instead, I could just let that person watch the film and understand what it is like to have things not go your way.
|Could be worse...you could find a bear stuck in your hair. That'd be awful.|
|Relax kid. You're just in high school. Unless you never|
move out of your hometown, you'll soon realize that
high school sucked.
|The baby is already trying to figure out where he went wrong with his life.|
Irritated over the hand fate has dealt him, Alexander makes a birthday wish and asks that his family understands what it is like to have a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Then, on the day everything was set to go his family’s way, his wish comes true…
|You could have wished for a million more wishes, you fool!|
|Alexander looks like he just saw a dead body.|
|Your husband is Batman...you get to tell people that.|
|"It's right behind me isn't it."|
|No mortal being can be as adorable and likable as Steve Carell.|
He has to be a part of a mass hallucination we are all experiencing.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day isn’t terrible or horrible or no good or very bad. It’s watchable and has its moments and the cast is entertaining. Overall, however, the film just didn’t have enough of those fun and heartwarming moments to make the film really stand out. It’s balanced enough with its humor and story that parents won’t feel like they are going insane and being talked down to if they join the kids watching it but, in the end, it just lacks the magic and defining moments to make the film something that you won’t forget the minute the credits hit.
|Also, Burn Gorman is in the film...and that matters to me because I'm a Torchwood fan.|