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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:

Get ready for the best worst day of your life. 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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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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Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The plot is very similar to that of Nickelodeon original movie Jinxed (2013). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Alexander Cooper: Hi Becky
Becky Gibson: Hey Alexander
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Connections

References Survivor (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

The Boy With The Perpetual Nervousness
Written by Glenn Mercer, Bill Million
Performed by The Feelies
Courtesy of Bar None Records
By arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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Oh, Steve. Back to the same old crap
28 November 2014 | by Bhw3131See all my reviews

For a moment, Steve Carell had a couple movies where he showed a bit of acting talent. Vince Vaughn tortured us similarly. But old habits are hard to break, and Carell refuses to truly let himself out of his self- cast mold. Crap comedies. I feel for the actors who partner with him in these mindless capers.

I'm so tired of seeing him with this or that in his messed up hair with some stupid expression on his face. Yet, he has so much potential...a shame.

But the joke is on us. He's laughing all the way to the bank, expending little or no effort at his trade


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