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

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day movie posterMovie: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Director: Miguel Arteta (Cedar Rapids)

<Writers: Rob Lieber

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ½ – Good

Stars:
Steve Carell Steve Carell as Ben Cooper

Jennifer Garner Jennifer Garner as Kelly Cooper

Ed Oxenbould Ed Oxenbould as Alexander Cooper

Dylan Minnette Dylan Minnette as Anthony Cooper

Kerris Dorsey Kerris Dorsey as Emily Cooper

Read the Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day book review!

Remind me what it’s about…
A Daniel Powter kind of day. Alexander feels like he’s cursed with bad luck and is never as successful as the rest of his family. Until one terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day when Alexander’s family gets a taste of what it’s like to be him every day.

What did you think?
It’s a perfect family film — it has great slapstick/physical comedy for kids and more witty jokes for adults (or 22-year-olds who are not adults). The movie silly and over-the-top in the perfect, laugh out loud kind of way. Steve Carell is exactly how you want Steve Carell to be in a fun, family flick and Jennifer Garner is a perfect and beautiful mother on- and off-screen.

Was it a good adaption?
Considering that they turned a book that takes less than 5 minutes to read into an 81 minute film; definitely. Even though there obviously were additions to the story, it stayed as true as it could to the original story (which was fairly simple). It was a bad day.

I loved how they incorporate Australia into the movie and how the additions didn’t feel forced or excessive. Although I never read Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, I know one the complaints I hear the most was how much they changed and added to story — taking away from the original beloved book. But the additions in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day made sense for the story and for the movie. Thankfully, I don’t feel cheated out of one my favorite childhood books.

Should I watch it?
Only if you like hilarious family-fun movies. You can buy it on Amazon or rent it at Redbox.

Here’s the trailer if you need more convincing.

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