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A terrible, horrible, no good, very bad movie

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By Ben Hanlon

Based on the children’s book by Judith Viorst, “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” follows 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) who experiences the worst day of his young life.  
He finds gum in his hair, accidentally sets the science lab on fire, angers the girl he has a crush on and finally his parents are late picking him up from school. Alexander is left feeling very sorry for himself.  In contrast, everything is going wonderfully for the rest of his family which makes Alexander want the worst for them.  
On his birthday the next day, Alexander makes a birthday wish that his family would have the most horrible, terrible day. To his surprise Alexander’s father (Steve Carell), mother (Jennifer Garner), brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey) do experience the worst day of their lives.  Alexander begins feeling remorseful and decides he must try to turn their worst day into the best day for everyone.
While having great potential to be hilarious, this movie lacks creativity and is cliché. The father having a bad job interview, the brother failing his driver’s test, the sister getting sick before her play debut are all boring plot scenarios director Rob Lieber wrote.  
With a bit more effort, the plot could have had more unique “bad day” incidents. Even though the plot is weak the acting was fairly decent.  The actors gave believable performances as their designated characters making the audience laugh occasionally. The least convincing character though was Alexander, who as a tween did not exhibit enough dramatic emotion to distinguish the bad events from the good results.  The film has some funny points, but overall it is quite boring.
Disney’s, “Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” is rated PG and runs 1 hour and 20 minutes.