Without any particular movie to watch I decided to go with this one mostly because of Steve Carell who I like since The Office and Jennifer Garner who did a good job in The Invention of Lying back in 2009. I also recognise Kerris Dorsey from Ray Donovan tv show.
The movie as its moments but could have been a lot funnier. Carell and Garner do a good job with the material they had to work with but in general the movie fails to bring the laughs.
The support cast includes Donald Glover (Community) and Dick Van Dyke but they have little to do in the movie. Bella Thorne who I had seen early this year in Blended is just there to be the stereotypical highschool popular mean girl with no personality.
There’s nothing else to talk about this movie. All I have to do now is to forget I ever watched it.
The film follows the exploits of Alexander Cooper (Ed Oxenbould), an ordinary 11-year-old boy, and his “terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.” He is left out by his family; his older brother, Anthony (Dylan Minnette), his older sister, Emily (Kerris Dorsey), his mother, Kelly (Jennifer Garner), his dad, Ben (Steve Carell), and his baby brother, Trevor (Elise/Zoey Vargas).
The day before Alexander’s twelfth birthday, he wakes up and finds gum in his hair and clips it off with a pair of scissors. Anthony is trying to earn his driver’s license so he can drive his girlfriend, Celia (Bella Thorne), to the prom, Emily is rehearsing for the title role in her school play of Peter Pan, Kelly is working for a publication company that is publishing a new children’s book, and Ben, who has been unemployed for several months, has landed a job interview as a game designerfor a video game company.
That same morning, Alexander attends school where he experiences another series of misfortunes, as well as finding out that his friends, including his crush, Becky Gibson (Sidney Fullmer), and friend, Paul (Mekai Curtis), will all be attending Philip Parker’s birthday party instead of his, due to Philip’s expensive party entertainment and popularity. He tries to tell his family how miserably his day has gone, but none of them even listen to what he says. That evening, Anthony upsets Celia during a phone call while yelling at Alexander saying he is an “idiot brother”, and Emily rehearses her stage lines in Kelly’s Volvo while leaving its light on. Alexander makes himself a makeshift birthday sundae and wishes his family could experience the disappointments he does everyday.
The next morning, Alexander wakes up to find his family in disarray; his parents have overslept, Emily has a cold, and Anthony has found out that Celia broke up with him. The battery in Kelly’s car is dead, because Emily left its light on all evening while rehearsing, therefore Ben has to take Trevor with him to the interview after dropping Kelly off at work. At school, Alexander is told that Philip has cancelled his birthday party due to illness, and calls his father, asking him to plan a party for him. Kelly is informed of an embarrassing misprint in the book they are publicizing, and needs to stop Dick Van Dyke from reading it at public reading later. Ben takes Trevor along to the office interview and meets Greg (Donald Glover) who seems impressed at his credentials, although the meeting is cut short after Trevor ingests a highlighter. Meanwhile at school, Anthony finds out that Celia has come back with him. He, very happy about what happened, jumps up and accidentally slaps a banner which is held up by two trophy cases between him, causing them to fall and smash, and leading to him being suspended.
Kelly manages to arrive at Dick Van Dyke’s reading, but she is unable to warn him of the book’s misprint. He reads it with the inappropriate material, humiliating himself and the publishing company. Meanwhile, Ben has purchased cough syrup for Emily’s worsening symptoms and takes Anthony to the Department of Motor Vehicles, where his driving instructor intentionally distracts him, causing him to destroy several parking meters, badly damage the family minivan, and fail his driving exam. Alexander confesses that the family’s day was jinxed because of his ill wishes the night before, and apologizes, but Ben says “Apology not accepted” because they can still have some good in it. Afterwards, they all go to Emily’s play, which is inadvertently sabotaged by her impaired behavior due to her overdosing on the cough syrup. The game design firm call Ben and ask him to meet them at a Japanese hibachi restaurant for a second meeting. The family, joined by Celia, go to the restaurant in their badly damaged minivan, where Ben accidentally sets his shirt on fire at the grill, embarrassing him to the employers. The whole family consoles him, admitting that they will overcome whatever else the day has in store for them. Alexander states, “You just gotta have the bad days so you can love the good days even more”, and Anthony suddenly decides not to go to the prom with Celia, stating that his family is more important and also breaks up with her completely.
The family returns home, and discover that Ben had hired a rental animal service to recreate an Australian petting zoo for Alexander’s birthday party. They then decide to pitch in to try and salvage the day by helping host it. Ben and Kelly receive good news: he got hired for the game design job, and she has been informed that the celebrity reading went viral and has created publicity for the book. Reunited, Ben then brings out the cake, with Alexander wishing for more days like the one they shared together.
Steve Carell as Ben Cooper, Alexander’s father
Jennifer Garner as Kelly Cooper, Alexander’s mother
Ed Oxenbould as Alexander Cooper
Dylan Minnette as Anthony Cooper, Alexander’s older brother
Kerris Dorsey as Emily Cooper, Alexander’s older sister
Bella Thorne as Celia Rodriguez, Anthony’s girlfriend
Elise and Zoey Vargas as Trevor Cooper, Alexander’s baby brother
Sidney Fullmer as Becky Gibson, Alexander’s girlfriend
Megan Mullally as Nina
Donald Glover as Greg
Joel Johnstone as Logan
Jennifer Coolidge as Ms. Suggs
Samantha Logan as Heather
Dick Van Dyke as Himself