Alexander's day begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by more calamities. However, he finds little sympathy from his family and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him, his mom, dad, brother and sister - who all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.
For 12 year old Alexander Cooper, everyday is a bad day. And his family thinks he's being silly because they never have a bad day. On the day before his 12th birthday party, he learns that another boy is having a party of his own and everyone is going to it. And another kid punks him online. So at midnight of his birthday, he wishes that his whole family can have a bad day. And things for the whole family go bad, his mom's car is broken so they have to share a car, his sister has a cold and has to go on stage, his older brother, who's hoping to get his driver's license and to bring his girlfriend to the prom, has to deal with his girlfriend's snootiness and fails to get his license, his mom has a crisis at work which could cost her her job, and his dad who has a job interview has to bring his younger brother with him but because his pacifier is broken he can't stop crying. Alex feels responsible.Written by
When Anthony goes to take his driving test, you see the van pull up to the "California State Bureau of Motor Vehicles". In California, it is the Department of Motor Vehicles, or DMV, not a bureau. There are bureaus within the DMV. See more »
What a to-do to die today at a minute or two to two. A thing distinctly hard to say but harder still to do. We'll beat a tattoo at a minute or two and a rat tat tat tat tat tattoo. And the dragon will come to the beat of the drum. At a minute or two to two today. At a minute or two to two... A big black bug bit a big black bear.
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When I offered to take a carload of kids to this movie, my thought was that it was short. Good so far. I love taking my kids and their friends to the movies, but still . . . movies that end well before bedtime are good things.
But this? Was it the poorly developed script? The characters' lack of depth (with the possible exception of Steve Carrell, and then only barely)? The failed direction - centerpiece of the movie, "the wish", was, what, about 14 seconds long? I couldn't tell whether it was a coincidence that all those calamities followed, or whether something supernatural was supposed to be going on.
And "penis" and "buttcrack" in a movie billed as family fare? Mom using that word repeatedly in dialogue with the whole family in the car? Except for some lowly, coarse folk, no one!
I have to wonder. If this is what survived the editing process, what was removed? Next time, pay your screenwriter at least the minimum wage. This pro bono stuff isn't working.
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