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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 ...
Paul Dumphy (as Mekai Matthew Curtis)
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 USA:

$18,360,230, 10 October 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


Dylan Minnette plays Anthony Cooper. He also played Zachary Cooper in Goosebumps. See more »


When Ben gets his shirt sleeves caught on fire, no one in the entire packed restaurant offers to help or shows any sign of alarm, only his family. Everyone else sat back and stared. Realistically, there would be reactions and an employee at the restaurant would be held liable to getting a fire extinguisher. There also is no emotion when the situation is handled by Ben finally soaking his arms in the fish tank. The people show no morals or concern if he was okay. They act as if there wasn't anything to worry about. See more »


Anthony Cooper: Where's bumble bee?
Kelly Cooper: Alexander murdered it so now he's going to cry all night.
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Written by Michael Benghiat
Performed by Stephanie Bennett, Brice Martin, and Brian Kilgore
Courtesy of The Music Kitchen, Inc./At Peace Media LLC
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Where'd they find this kid!?
21 January 2015 | by See all my reviews

Okay, so I really want to like this movie but, unfortunately this kid that plays Alexander is ANNOYING!!! The lisp draws my attention to his mouth and then I find myself wondering: "Did he have a stroke?" "Is he attempting to calm the lisp?" "Why does he look like that?" This movie is VERY frustrating to watch because of the oddly casted cast, while they "kind of" look alike, to be honest it's just haphazard and bizarre. This casting director should be fired. THERE IS NO CHEMISTRY. This movie is very predictable and corny and I highly recommend that you do not watch unless if it's about 4AM in the morning, you can't sleep and there's absolutely nothing else to watch -like my situation that lead me to this mindless nonsense. C'mon, Hollywood! YouTubers are out-creating you! Year after year our eyes are "treated" to a visual cacophony of BS and -family movie or not- we are getting very sick of it. Back to cheesy 90s movies for me where they didn't try so ridiculously hard and the cheesy-ness is more like a charm than a flaw.

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