Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – the award-winning 1972 children’s book written by Judith Viorst and illustrated by Ray Cruz – has a mouthful of a title, but its plot is otherwise simple: young Alexander experiences a series of unfortunate events, all in the same day. The upcoming movie adaptation from Walt Disney Pictures might be best summarized as Viorst’s story on steroids, with the eponymous Alexander (Puberty Blues‘ Ed Oxenbould) now an eleven-year old, who has the worst day of his young life – the kind that seems quite harmless to the rest of his family, until they all find themselves cursed with the same bad luck on what is the most inconvenient day it could possibly happen.
Normally, “bad luck” might simply mean, say, barely missing your bus to work, but in Very Bad Day – judging by the trailer – it means (among other things) multiple objects getting lit on fire, near-fatal vehicle collisions, multiple encounters with escaped zoo inhabitants, and Steve Carell having to convince Donald Glover that he’s cool enough to work alongside Childish Gambino. Actually, this movie sounds less like a cinematic take on Viorst and Cruz’ original book and more like Disney wanted to make a zanier, more family-friendly re-imagining of the Coen Brothers’ A Serious Man.
Very Bad Day was directed by Miguel Arteta, whose feature resume as a director includes the indie dramedies The Good Girl and Cedar Rapids, as well as the Michael Cera vehicle Youth in Revolt. Meanwhile, the script was co-written by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are All Right), who was originally slated to direct Very Bad Day.
This Disney flick is clearly meant to have very broad appeal, though it also seems to use a template similar to that of Arteta’s better films; that is to say, it has sitcom-y components, for sure, but they may be wrapped around a more thoughtful and impactful emotional core. Basically, those in search of clean entertainment that you can feel comfortable taking your whole family to see – this might be what you’re looking for. (Emphasis on might).
The Very Bad Day cast also includes Jennifer Garner (Draft Day), Dylan Minnette (Prisoners), Bella Thorne (Blended), Kerris Dosey (Moneyball), Megan Mullally (Parks and Recreation), Jennifer Coolidge (American Reunion), and Burn Gorman (Pacific Rim), among others.
Alexander the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day opens in U.S. theaters on October 10th, 2014.
Source: Yahoo! Movies