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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014)

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Alexander's day begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by more calamities. However, he finds little sympathy from his family and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him, his mom, dad, brother and sister - who all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sidney Fullmer ...
Becky Gibson
Paul Dumphy (as Mekai Matthew Curtis)
Philip Parker
Elliot Gibson
Mrs. Gibson
Audrey Gibson


For 12 year old Alexander Cooper, everyday is a bad day. And his family thinks he's being silly because they never have a bad day. On the day before his 12th birthday party, he learns that another boy is having a party of his own and everyone is going to it. And another kid punks him online. So at midnight of his birthday, he wishes that his whole family can have a bad day. And things for the whole family go bad, his mom's car is broken so they have to share a car, his sister has a cold and has to go on stage, his older brother, who's hoping to get his driver's license and to bring his girlfriend to the prom, has to deal with his girlfriend's snootiness and fails to get his license, his mom has a crisis at work which could cost her her job, and his dad who has a job interview has to bring his younger brother with him but because his pacifier is broken he can't stop crying. Alex feels responsible. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Get ready for the best worst day of your life. See more »


Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for rude humor including some reckless behavior and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 October 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alexander y un día terrible, horrible, malo... ¡muy malo!  »

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Box Office


$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$18,360,230 (USA) (10 October 2014)


$66,950,483 (USA) (20 February 2015)

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2.39 : 1
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Not that funny! 3/10
22 February 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Review: I didn't really find this movie that funny! The jokes were more silly than funny and we have all seen most of the good scenes in the adverts. The director chose to make it a kiddie movie with clean jokes and a straight storyline without much substance. As like most movies in this gene nowadays, it's all about a kid who wishes that his family have a bad day, just like him and then all of his family end up going through some extreme events after the wish gets granted. After Carell sets his clothes alight and fails to get to an important interview, his brother fails terribly at his driving test and his mum losing her job, the kid confesses about his wish and then the family club together to make his birthday party a day to remember. BORING! It has Disney written all over it and the silly jokes were just not that funny. It was definitely made for the kids more than the adults and I honestly can say that I didn't remember that much about the film when it finished. It's not very often that I can say that I didn't enjoy a Steve Carell movie so I will just put it down to a bad choice on his behalf. There were a couple of scenes that wasn't that bad, like when they were in the restaurant and Carell catches his sleeves alight but I had seen that scene on the adverts before I watched it. Garner wasn't that funny at all and the annoying kids got on my nerves after a while. There seems to be a demand for movies like this in Hollywood lately, which is why it made so much money at the box office but I personally find these type of movies uninteresting and a total waste of time and money. Maybe if I had a young family, I would have enjoyed this movie more. Disappointing, but perfect for a family day out!

Round-Up: It's not very often that I have been disappointing in Steve Carell's work so this has to go down to a bad day at the office. Even though the storyline and script was terrible, he still put in a good performance and he made the most out of a bad situation. The movie made a healthy profit at the box office, like most movies do in this genre, so I wouldn't be surprised to see the family return in a sequel, which I won't be rushing to see. Anyway, I don't think Garner is great at comedies and alongside Carell, she seemed to overdo it. The chemistry between the couple wasn't that great and the little boy that played the leading role wasn't really your sweat and  lovable type of kid like Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone. On the plus side, the concept wasn't bad and I'm sure if the movie was in the right hands, it would have been a great film, but the movie seemed rushed and not really thought through properly. No matter what I say, there will always be movies like this coming from Hollywood, especially around the school holidays, so it's simply a case of put up and shut up from my point of view.

Budget: $28million Worldwide Gross: $101million

I recommend this movie to people who are into their kiddie/comedies about a child who puts a curse on his family to have a bad day just like he usually has. 3/10

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