Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (film) 11-year-old Alexander 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 is not alone when his mom, dad, brother, and sister all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Directed by Miguel Arteta. Released on October 10, 2014. Stars Ed Oxenbould (Alexander), Jennifer Garner (Kelly), Steve Carell (Ben), Dylan Minette (Anthony), Kerris Dorsey (Emily). 81 min. Filmed in widescreen format. From the 1972 book by Judith Viorst.