WRITTEN BY: Rob Lieber
DIRECTED BY: Miguel Arteta
STARRING: Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Ed Oxenbould, Dylan Minnette, Kerris Dorsey
RATING: 3.5 stars
Based on a picture book by Judith Viorst, the film is about the Cooper family, led by new stay-at-home dad Ben (Steve Carell) and Kelly (Jennifer Garner) who works in book publishing. Their oldest son Anthony (Dylan Minnette) is the envy of his friends for dating the most beautiful girl at school, daughter Emily (Kerris Dorsey) is starring in the school's production of Peter Pan and baby Trevor is just starting to learn to talk. Only middle child Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) is struggling at life, especially when he finds out a more popular child at school is having a birthday party on the same day as him. Alexander makes a birthday wish that his family could experience just one bad day like him, but he never expected the wish to come true.
The entire cast in the Cooper family is great with each given their moment to shine in drama and comedy. Carell gives a more subtle performance than we often see from him in comedies and is a goofy, loveable dad. Garner is as charming and cute as ever, while each of the young cast members are believable in their roles.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Really Bad Day is not only funny, but also has a lovely message about family.