Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day opens in theaters on October 10th. The film pairs the comedic talent of Steve Carell and acting ability of Jennifer Garner with a group of talented child actors. I had the opportunity to sit down with director Miguel Arteta to discuss the film and get a little bit of movie trivia for the fans.
10 Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day Movie Trivia from Director Miguel Arteta
- Baby Trevor is played by twin girls.
- Special affects were used to film the baby peeing.
- Director Miguel Arteta wanted the film to be authentic and focused on casting “real children”
- Sugar water was used for most scenes where the baby had green marker on her face.
- One scene that required the baby to be shown putting the marker on her face was especially difficult to shoot. The baby wanted to play with all other toys except for the marker and made Steve Carell wait for an hour to deliver his lines. It wasn’t until the costume designer got behind the camera and marked his face with a marker that the baby decided to do the same.
- It took 40 days to shoot the movie.
- Director Miguel Arteta wanted the men from Thunder from Down Under, a Vegas male revue show, to be in the film after seeing them on Project Runway.
- Ed Oxenbould had a dialect coach for the film to help him remove his Australian accent.
- Steve Carell improvised the “boo, boo, boo” line when he is reprimanding his son but wanted it removed from the film because he felt it was too harsh. Director Miguel Arteta decided to keep it because it was an honest moment.
- Jennifer Garner does almost all of her own stunts in the film.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day Movie Review
For a non-animated, family film, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day delivers all of the laughs you would expect from a film with Steve Carell and all of the heart you would expect from a film with Jennifer Gardner. The film delivers relatable moments in a family’s life and pushes them just a bit further to keep family’s laughing throughout. (The movie had my seven-year old son laughing out-loud, my twelve-year old daughter chuckling to herself and me thinking how many of the scenes could of been shot in my house.)
Families with tweens, children ages 7 through 12, will definitely enjoy the fun-filled adventure and family-centric messaging that is in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day.