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'Alexander's' day isn't so terrible, film isn't so great
'Alexander's' day isn't so terrible, film isn't so great

Like so many family movies of the past, "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" rests on the idea of the innocent and the unsuspecting caught in embarrassing, but amusing, situations. I believe it's technically referred to as the shock-and-scream effect. All of the Coopers — including the parents, played by Jennifer Garner and Steve Carell, and the baby — get many shocks and deliver many screams. Some are in the style of the E.T.-Drew Barrymore closet confrontation; others are reminiscent of the "Home Alone" Macaulay Culkin scream. A few evoke Munch's "The Scream," though I don't think Edvard had humor in mind....

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