Everyone Has Bad Days
12 year old Alexander Cooper is about to have his birthday party but he isn't surprised when another student arranges their party as the same time as his because nothing goes right for him as every day is a bad day. His family thinks he is being silly as nothing seems to go wrong for them, in fact things always seem to go well for them. As midnight approaches Alexander makes a wish that all his family can experience the sort of bad day he has every day. When things start going wrong for the rest of the family from screaming babies to snooty girlfriends and broken down cars Alexander starts to feel responsible.
If watching a series of calamities is your sort of thing then "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" is going to be right up your street. As such what we get is diaper bags splitting, juice bottles falling out of fridges and babies with out nappies peeing. Oh and we get the over the top reaction to this with Alexander's mum anger issues when it comes to slow drivers. It is a basic sort of chaotic humour which to make this not just a children's movie but one for adults we have Alexander's mum saying she has seen everyone's penises in the car after walking in on her teenage son in the bathroom in the morning.
The thing is that whilst there may have been a time when I was a teen or even young adult where the calamitous comedy in "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" would have amused me it doesn't anymore and as such for the most this bordered on being over the top yet tedious. Although having said that some of the cameos in this are priceless none more so than reading a children's book with an inappropriate miss print.
What this all boils down to is that I can see how some would enjoy the calamitous comedy of "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" but for me the calamitous comedy and cameos was not enough to make it entertaining.