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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:
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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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Did You Know?


Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner both went to Denison University in Granville, Ohio. Carell graduated in 1984 and Garner graduated in 1994. See more »


When Alexander is holding the cage with the guinea pig while waiting for his Dad to come pick him up, there are kids getting on a school bus and there is no Stop sign on the bus. Cars just drive by while kids are getting on the school bus. See more »


Ben Cooper: Honey bumble bee is gone.
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References Wreck-It Ralph (2012) See more »


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Written by T. Macken, A. Macken
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Makes 'Troll 2' Look Like 'Citizen Kane'
22 May 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When I heard Disney was turning a 20 page children's book into a 90 minute film starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner I knew this was the beginning of a terrible horrible no good very bad movie.

"I've seen the penis of everyone in this car." This is what Disney tries to pass off as entertainment.

$28,000,000! $28,000,000! That's what this movie cost! Note that James Cameron only had $18,000,000 to make 'Aliens' more than half of which went to Sigourney Weaver's salary. There aren't any special FX, stunts, spaceships, or aliens in this film! I can only conclude they spent it on catering for the cast and crew.

Alexander's terrible horrible no good very bad day begins with him fall out of bed and reading an email on his laptop about a friend's party. I must confess, it's been several years since I read the book but I don't recall that scene.

Next Alexander arrives at school where a classmate texts the entire school and embarrassing photo of Alexander. Again, I don't recall this scene in the book either.

After Alexander's day, which isn't really that bad, he wishes for his family to all have terrible day as well. So the actual "comedy" in this film doesn't even begin until 45 minutes in and doesn't even revolve around Alexander. It revolves around his family getting into the usual movie troupes we all expect, like alarm clocks failing to go off, and babies peeing everywhere. Because bodily fluids are funny? Not even 'Married With Children' made jokes like these.

When the mother accidentally walks in on Alexander's older brother in the bathroom she declares, "It's okay, I've seen your penis before. I've seen the penis of everyone in this car." Ha ha ha. That line isn't for the family nor is it entertaining.

But the first grade toilet humor has only begun its root canal of pain! Next Jennifer Gardner learns from her publisher that the word "jump" was printed as "dump" in a new children's book. Garner rushes to stop Dick Van Dyke from reading the book to a group of children. Ha ha ha. Jerry Van Dyke may have been in 'My Mother the Car' but Dick bares far more shame for appearing in a scene like this.

The other jokes are obvious a mile away. For example, the teenage daughter is sick and takes cold medication so she can perform in the school play. Will she get high off the medication and go crazy on stage? What a shock, she gets high off the medication and goes crazy on stage. That joke was obvious to the audience 30 minutes earlier when she first said she was sick and had to perform in the school play. It's just taken the movie 30 minutes to catch up with the audience.

Another example is how Steve Carell has no one to baby sit during his job interview. Will he bring the baby and will it spew bodily fluids everywhere? If you saw 'Mr. Mom' then you saw this joke coming 31 years ago!

So in conclusion this movie uses none of the original source material for why Alexander's day was so bad and instead turns out to NOT be about Alexander at all. It's about his family going through all the Disney movie troupes.

It's devoid of any entertainment value. It doesn't even work as a family film due to the toilet humor I've mentioned.

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