Violet (Emily Browning), Klaus (Liam Aiken) and Sunny Baudelaire (played by twins Kara and Shelby Hoffman) are doted upon by their loving parents.
But that doesn't last. Barely before the titles are out, a terrible inferno has engulfed the family home, leaving them orphans.
Now they must use all their ingenuity to survive the attentions of evil Count Olaf (Jim Carrey), their closest living relative, who will commit whatever crime it takes to get his hands on the youngsters' inheritance. However, no one but the young Baudelaires can see what Olaf is up to.
Luckily, they have ingenuity aplenty: Violet is a knowledge-obsessed bookworm, Klaus an inventor of genius and Sunny... well Sunny's very, very good at biting. But will that be enough to thwart Olaf's plans involving poisonous snakes, killer leeches and heavy objects?
Also starring Timothy Spall, Billy Connolly and Meryl Streep. With Jude Law as the narrator, and featuring a cameo from Dustin Hoffman.
(2004) Cert: PG