The secret to having a good birthday is to have zero expectations and just do what you want to do. Enjoy yourself, be with people you love, and let go – if you try to pressure yourself into some crazy celebration you’re only going to get burned out.

It’s like boxing a kangaroo: just roll with the punches and be glad you’re alive.

That being said – everyone has a bad birthday or two, but still – it’s nothing compared to the crap festivities in certain films. Here are some of the better terrible birthdays Hollywood could come up with.

11. Lucy’s crashed party in Problem Child

It’s been a while since I’ve seen this movie – but watching the birthday party scene, it actually doesn’t seem like Junior is the actual problem here. Where the hell are the adults? We see them here and there during the party – but that’s it.

Seriously – there’s a whole sequence where he throws the poor snobby girl’s birthday presents in the pool, which is fun and all, but does that mean that this party has a completely open and unsupervised pool? That’s bad for a lot of reasons. Then he gets hold of scissors, manages to bring a sprinkler all the way into the house and into the girl’s room, and is left alone with the piñata and birthday cake? That’s not a problem child, that’s just shitty parenting.


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