The film follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life—a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns that he’s not alone when his mom, dad, brother and sister all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn’t had one.
“It’s a fun family film that’s in the vein of the John Hughes movies,” says director Miguel Arteta. “Alexander thinks his family’s too busy to notice how terrible his day has been, and his wish for them to have an equally bad day so that they can understand what it’s like actually comes true.”
Steve Carell (“Crazy, Stupid Love”) and Jennifer Garner (“Juno”) star as Alexander’s upbeat parents. The veteran performers are joined in the film by a trio of young talent that includes 16-year-old Dylan Minnette (TV’s “Lost,” “Prisoners”) as Alexander’s older brother, Anthony; 15-year-old Kerris Dorsey (“Moneyball”) as sister Emily; and 12-year-old Australian native Ed Oxenbould, who makes his big-screen feature debut as the film’s title character, Alexander. Twins Zoey and Elise Vargas (“The Neighbors,” “True Blood”) portray baby brother Trevor.
Emmy® winner (and Golden Globe® nominee) Megan Mullally (“Will & Grace”) also joins the cast, along with Jennifer Coolidge (“American Pie,” “Legally Blonde”) and Bella Thorne (“Shake It Up!”).
The big-screen adaptation of “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” represents a collaboration of some of the greatest creative minds in family entertainment today. The film is produced by Shawn Levy (“Night at the Museum,” “Date Night,” “Real Steel”), Emmy® nominee and CEO of The Jim Henson Company Lisa Henson and 21 Laps Entertainment President Dan Levine. It’s executive produced by industry veteran Philip Steuer (“Saving Mr. Banks,” “Oz The Great and Powerful,” “The Chronicles of Narnia” trilogy) and Jason Lust.
Arteta’s key filmmaking team includes cinematographer Terry Stacey (“Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”), two-time Oscar®-nominated production designer Michael Corenblith (“The Blind Side”), and two artists with whom he has previously collaborated: Oscar®-nominated film editor Pamela L. Martin (“The Fighter”) and veteran costume designer Nancy Steiner (“Little Miss Sunshine”).
Opening across the Philippines on Oct. 15, 2014, “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures.