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"Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" is a film adaptation of the popular children's book of the same name.  The main character, Alexander, has a truly rotten day.  Gum gets stuck in his hair.  A friend takes a picture of Alexander's face, superimposes it on the body of a bikini-clad model, and then group-b2ap3_thumbnail_alex2.jpgtexts the image to everyone at his school.  By the end of the day, he begins to wonder if his family will ever experience a bad day like his.  Then, as he blows out a candle over his celebratory birthday cupcake, he makes a wish for a truly perfect day while also wishing that his family members learn just how bad his day really was. The result: Alexander becomes blessed with the perfect day where nothing goes wrong while his family becomes cursed with a classically awful day of their own.  He soon learns that he’s not alone when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.
By the end of the film, however, Alexander and his family learn what truly matters -- that your family is with you through thick and thin.
The movie is not just entertaining for kids, but for parents as well. The entire audience was constantly rolling with laughter.  The cast was great. Jennifer Garner and Steve Carell have great chemistry.  My family and I could totally relate.  How many times as a parent have we felt stressed, but yet we  find the humor in the situation. The underlining theme of the movie is that no matter what happens your family is with you through thick and thin.  They do a wonderful job depicting the famous children's book.  I was at first skeptical since the book is so well loved, but it was all done so well.  I give it two thumbs up!!

“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” directed by Independent Spirit Award-winner Miguel Arteta (“The Good Girl,” “Cedar Rapids,” “Youth in Revolt”) from a screenplay by Rob Lieber, is a 21 Laps Entertainment/Jim Henson Company production. The film hits theaters nationwide Oct. 10, 2014.  Rated PG.




 - Carrie Keller