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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Miguel Arteta

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Rob Lieber (screen story by), Rob Lieber (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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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 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
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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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For Alexander, life couldn't get worse. For his family, life couldn't be better. See more »


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

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The book title and premise is based on the children's book of the same title by Judith Viorst, a very popular school book by the same name. This book is part of the year 1 Australian curriculum. See more »

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When a teacher points at a globe and says, "Lebanon," he is clearly pointing to Alaska or somewhere close by. See more »

Quotes

Kelly Cooper: How much cough syrup did she have?
Ben Cooper: Clearly way too much.
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References Gossip Girl (2007) See more »

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If You're Happy And You Know It
Arranged by Larry Groce
Performed by Larry Groce & Disneyland's Sing-Along Chorus
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Simple movie for the family on a Sunday!
26 January 2015 | by miguelcorreia93See all my reviews

The reason I give this a 5 out of 10 is that this movie is a good one for the kids. A movie with a simple lesson to accept the bad days and enjoy every good one. To be more positive.

About the movie out of my point of view? Well, not that awesome, but you can't expect a lot of this kind of movies. Steve Carell didn't perform at his best, that is obvious, but that wasn't even necessary.

After all, this whole movie was from the point of view of Alexander. Of course they did choose to make it a little childish. I believe the acting was also based on the viewer to be around 5 - 10 years old. Some simple jokes, not a lot of jokes where to use the brain, but more of the eyes.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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 »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,360,230, 12 October 2014

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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