Film Review by Jon E Clist
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.
Okay so here it is, this is a family fun film! Sure and simple it is one of those films that Disney is well known for producing and that used to be the Sunday early evening family movie on television. There's plenty of funny moments and it's aimed firmly at the young and older audiences. So the teenagers are likely to be too cool for the film. However younger kids will enjoy the silliness and frivolity while the adults will recognise those moments as a parent when despite your best intentions, bad days are going to happen.
The cast is pretty good considering the type of film and while the kids are good enough to be mostly endearing, it is Steve Carell that as usual steals the show with his silly slapstick style humour. He has always shown that he is fabulous in roles where everything goes wrong and he ends up doing stupid things constantly. Without the funny looking face, he is kind of like the American Mr bean.
A good fun family film that won't stay for long in your head after viewing for either good or bad reasons. It is what it is, a Disney family film.
DVD Releases: 8th April 2015
Rating: PG – Contains coarse language
Duration: 81 minutes
Starring: Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Ed Oxenbould
Director: Miguel Arteta (The Good Girl, Cedar Rapids)
Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner both went to Denison University in Granville, Ohio. Carell graduated in 1984 and Garner graduated in 1994.
Actor Ed Oxenbould is obsessed with Australia in the movie and in real life he is from Australia.
Jennifer Garner tells Steve Carell to "stop drop and roll" when his shirt is on fire. This is shortly after she had met Dick Van Dyke, who appeared for years in fire safety P.S.A.s promoting "stop drop and roll".
Lisa Cholodenko was set to direct the film, but dropped out in February 2013.
The plot is very similar to that of Liar Liar. A boy makes a wish and the wish comes true. Bad things happen to those who were wished upon. The difference is one is a family and one is a husband.