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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.


Miguel Arteta


Rob Lieber (screenplay), Rob Lieber (screen story) | 1 more credit »
4,555 ( 138)
1 win & 8 nominations. See more awards »





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 ... 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


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


One day can change everything. See more »


Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


In this movie Dylan Minnette and Kerris Dorsey play siblings but then began dating shortly after the movie came out. See more »


When Ben is bringing out the birthday cake at the end of the movie, the cake is caved in at the middle. This was due to the baby dragging its foot across the cake. However, when that happened, it was more towards the bottom, not in the center. See more »


Anthony Cooper: [to Alexander throwing a ball at him while on the phone] What's your problem?
Celia: [on the phone thinking Anthony was talking to her] Excuse me?
Anthony Cooper: You know what, you're so annoying. Why can't you just chill out for one second. You're exhausting.
Celia: Are you kidding?
[hangs up]
Anthony Cooper: Sorry, Celia. That was my idiot brother.
[realizing Celia hung up on him]
Anthony Cooper: Celia?
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References Gossip Girl (2007) See more »


What's Up?
Written by Linda Perry
Performed by 4 Non Blondes
Courtesy of Interscope Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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User Reviews

Good Movie
12 October 2014 | by thomasdonovanSee all my reviews

Just saw it. Its a perfect movie for a family. Jokes for the kids and adults. Steve Carell carries the humor with the rest of the supporting family imputing their own characters sense of humor. Very short movie but well worth seeing..This movie is for families..People criticizing this movie either don't have kids or understand the genre of a family movie. Of course you could analyze this movie to its core, but as long as the kids laugh and the adults get their share of humor, I feel then its worth seeing.. ( I just saw it with my two cousins both 23 years old and my sister who is 10..we were all laughing). The whole audience appeared to be kids ranging from 8-15ish..Along with older siblings like myself and parents. We'll seemed to enjoy it.

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Release Date:

10 October 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,360,230, 12 October 2014

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Datasat | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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