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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.

Director:

Miguel Arteta

Writers:

Rob Lieber (screenplay), Rob Lieber (screen story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Carell ... Ben Cooper
Jennifer Garner ... Kelly Cooper
Ed Oxenbould ... Alexander Cooper
Dylan Minnette ... Anthony Cooper
Kerris Dorsey ... Emily Cooper
Elise Vargas ... Baby Trevor
Zoey Vargas ... Baby Trevor
Sidney Fullmer Sidney Fullmer ... Becky Gibson
Bella Thorne ... Celia
Megan Mullally ... Nina
Mekai Curtis ... Paul Dumphy (as Mekai Matthew Curtis)
Lincoln Melcher ... Philip Parker
Reese Hartwig ... Elliot Gibson
Martha Hackett ... Mrs. Gibson
Mary Mouser ... Audrey Gibson
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

One day can change everything. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$66,954,149

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$100,654,149
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

In the book or cartoon, Alexander was the youngest and had only two brothers, Anthony and Nick but in the movie Alexander was the 3rd of four children where he had two brothers and a sister. One of the brothers and the sister is older. But the other brother is younger. Their names are Anthony, Emily, and Trevor See more »

Goofs

After the driver's side door is torn off the car, the hinges are plainly visible with no damage. Obviously the door hinge bolts were removed before the scene. Had the door been attached to the hinges, they would have been bent toward the front of the car and torn up. See more »

Quotes

Anthony Cooper: Where's bumble bee?
Kelly Cooper: Alexander murdered it so now he's going to cry all night.
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Connections

References Mary Poppins (1964) See more »

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Surf Surf Don't Drown
Written by Dylan Minnette, Braeden Lemasters
Performed by The Narwhals
Produced by The Narwhals and Matt Still
Courtesy of Monster Talent Management, Inc.
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So-So Predictable Story with Weak Characters
11 October 2014 | by james1844See all my reviews

I went in expecting this comedy to deliver at least fun and laughs to enjoy but, alas, it fell extremely short on almost every aspect of story, comedy and character developments. Who ever did the casting should not have done so. Either that or somebody must have decided to pay up on favors.

The beginning was predictable as was the plot as was the final ending. You know a film is bad when the kids and parents both seem restless at many points during the film. This film lacked substance and creative material not to mention a brief and simple title for average movie goers.


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