Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is a 2014 American family film directed by Miguel Arteta from a screenplay written by Rob Lieber. The film stars Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, and Ed Oxenbould, and is loosely based on Judith Viorst and Ray Cruz's 1972 children's book of the same name. Co-produced by Shawn Levy and Lisa Henson for Walt Disney Pictures through their respective production companies, 21 Laps Entertainment, and The Jim Henson Company, the film was released in North America on October 10, 2014.


The film follows the exploits of Alexander Cooper (Ed Oxenbould), an ordinary 12-year-old boy, and his "terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day." He is left out by his family; his older brother, Anthony (Dylan Minnette), his older sister, Emily (Kerris Dorsey), his mother, Kelly (Jennifer Garner), his father, Ben (Steve Carell), and his baby brother, Trevor (Elise/Zoey Vargas), living in the Los Angeles metropolitan area of California.

Bad Qualities

  1. Somewhat misleading title. Rather than have Alexander suffer a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day like in the book and animated film, he instead has a good day while his family suffers a bad day.
  2. This was one of Disney's only movies to have gross-out toilet humor and it is awful. Here are some examples:
    1. Urine humor.
    2. After Emily's play (which ruined Peter Pan), she literally vomits.
    3. Trevor nearly gets poisoned for sucking on the ink of a marker.
  3. Parts of the film contains shocking scenes (example: Kelly seeing Anthony being naked).
  4. Clichéd and forgettable characters.
  5. It tries too hard to be "lit" as it has the famous meme "What's Up" by 4 Non Blondes and even the word "dope".

Good Qualities

  1. It still delivers the message from the book that everybody has bad days.
  2. Some funny moments here and there.
  3. Some heartwarming moments.
  4. Decent character development of Alexander and his family.
  5. It may not follow the story well, but for a movie that takes place in present day with society, that’s something that you gotta expect.


Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a rating of 61%, based on 108 reviews, with an average rating of 5.8/10. The website's consensus reads, "Affably pleasant without ever trying to be anything more, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is a fine—albeit forgettable—family diversion." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 54 out of 100, based on 28 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".

Box Office

The film opened up at #3 on its opening weekend with a domestic gross of $18,360,230. The official domestic gross was $66,954,149. In foreign countries, it made $34,425,138. Overall, the film made a worldwide gross of $101,379,287 against its $28 million budget.

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