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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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So then that happened... 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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Sound Mix:

Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

There are three actors with the first name of "Dylan." See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

High School Teacher: Let's go Wreck it Ralph. Principal's office now!
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Connections

References Mary Poppins (1964) See more »

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Hurricane
Written and Performed by The Vamps
Produced by John Shanks
The Vamps appear courtesy of Island Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
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Poor Steve Carrell...
17 October 2014 | by YarrgSee all my reviews

Steve Carrell might be in with an Oscar chance for his performance in Foxcatcher, but he has tarnished his chances by starring in this thoughtless drivel. Surely for families, this may appeal to some children, but from start to finish I was astounded by how poor the acting was. Sure I'm not expecting Shakespearean theatrics, but I like to know I'm watching a story, and not just some over-paid people amusing themselves on cameras more expensive than my car.

I guess to review this I have to say it was very bad, no good, no horrible, no TERRIBLE, NO A MONSTROSITY!!! A GHASTLY ABOMINATION FROM THE BLACK ABYSS!!! But as they often do for me, production values are a saving grace, even if only a minor one 2 out of 10


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