The "family comedy" genre has been under-explored, and I think it's got so much potential. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day takes the basic premise (as well as Alexander's liking for Australia) from the beloved children's story and does really funny things with it. After seeing it in the theater, I'm already looking forward to getting it on home entertainment (DVD/Blu-ray). Whereas the children's book is a rant by Alexander which allows you to see the impact attitude has on making a day good or bad, the movie makes Alexander a more clear-headed character, more of a real victim. Then he makes a birthday wish that the rest of his family could know what it's like to suffer like he is, and the next day, things go great for him and awfully for everyone else in his family. Steve Carell, playing the dad, is so funny because he is literally NEVER in despair in the midst of extreme calamity in the movie. He also does some fabulous shrimp-catching in his mouth, which is my favorite scene. It's structured as a series of incidents affecting each family member, where things are going great for everyone except Alexander, things go great for Alexander and horribly for everyone else, and then they decide to look on the bright side and find solutions to their problems by sticking together. It's refreshing (because it's so rare) to have a comedy made today with that carefree kind of attitude and a PG rating. It'd be funny if the busted vehicle--it looks REALLY bad after a failed driver's license exam--was bought at an auction of movie props and put on display somewhere someday.