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Alexander And The Horrible, Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Review

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Alexander seems to suffer from bad luck, quite unlike the rest of his cheery family. He makes a birthday wish that they could experience his misfortune, and then tries to put things right as they go horribly wrong.

★★★★★

A crippling case of middle-child syndrome powers this family farce, as overlooked Alexander (Oxenbould) wishes his family could share his bad luck and soon becomes the only one of his clan not afflicted with disaster. Professional ruin, illness, social ostracism and permanent marker threaten the rest, with only optimism and mutual support to get them through. It’s all gently funny, and old-fashioned in tone even when dealing with tech start-ups and viral videos. But it lacks just a little bite to really grip anyone other than parents and children.

Sweet and good-hearted, this feels like a throwback to family comedies of the ‘80s.

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