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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


For Alexander, life couldn't get worse. For his family, life couldn't be better. 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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You would think the title explains how good the movie is, but don't judge, give it a shot.
11 July 2015 | by See all my reviews

One thing I definitely wasn't expecting to do during Alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day, was laugh. It's nowhere near a perfect comedy, but is still very enjoyable. Watching the trailer for this movie all I was thinking was 1. Another bomb for Steve Carell (who can be laugh out loud hilarious) and 2. I want to barf right now. I mean this movie just looked so awful. For the kind of movie this is, a 62% on rotten tomatoes is absolutely shocking. But you can never know how good a movie is until you watch it so I thought "what the hell, I'll give it a shot".

So basically, Alexander (I'm not saying the whole title) is about a kid who is about a kid who can never seem to have an actually decent day. We get a day in the life of him in the first 15 or 20 min of the film and yeah...his life totally sucks. His family seems to have great things going for themselves, his mom works happily in the book industry, his sister is the best stage actress in her school, his older brother is dating a hot chick and about to get his driver's license, and his father and his baby brother really don't do anything at all. The next day is Alexander's birthday and nobody from his school is coming because they're all going to some cool kid's party. That night at midnight, Alexander makes a wish that his family knew what a totally awful day is like. Of course, the wish comes true, and we get to see Alexander have a great day while his family has a god awful day.

It's a pretty stupid concept. I can't say it's executed perfectly, but for the kind of film it is the filmmakers execute it well. It's kind of hard to believe that I liked this movie. There's many laugh out loud moments and even though it has some Hollywood moments, it's not consistent. I've seen some family films these days that try and fail to put in some mild jokes that push the PG rating. In this, they do that perfectly because they're not too profound adult jokes.

Overall, Alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day mostly avoids the Hollywood territory. It's not a fabulous comedy by any means, but you'll get a lot of laughs.

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