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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sidney Fullmer ...
Paul Dumphy (as Mekai Matthew Curtis)
Elliot Gibson
Mrs. Gibson
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


Get ready for the best worst day of your life. See more »


Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

10 October 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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

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Box Office


$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


Denison University got to have a special showing for students only on opening weekend to honor the two Denison stars in this movie Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner. See more »


After Kelly walks in on Anthony in the bathroom, she turns and hits her arm/wrist on the door frame of her bedroom. Later when she says goodbye to Alexander and the family, she says that her foot is killing her. See more »


Emily Cooper: I think i broke Captain Hook's nose.
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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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Poor Steve Carrell...
17 October 2014 | by See 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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