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Review: 'Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day' ★★ 1/2
Review: 'Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day' ★★ 1/2

Whatever else children take from Judith Viorst's delightful "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day," the sly subtext of this picture-heavy book is how exhausting and sometimes misguided the optimism of the eternally optimistic can be. Parents who smile all the time, who make light of the weight of the world kids carry around sometimes? Annoying, especially to those kids. That's what the film version kicks around the block, and rather amusingly, a few times. Life is going to trip you up. A lot. Smiling about everything may help. But getting up after every knock-down is the only sure cure. Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) is the wimpy kid here, whose...

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