The popular 1972 children’s book, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day has been made into a modern day movie adaptation. The film starring Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, and Ed Oxenbould in the starring role. The Disney film will be coming to theaters on October 10th, 2014.
The story follows a preteen boy boy named Alexander who, from the moment he wakes up, experiences more bad luck than any one person ever should. From his hair having gum in it, to controversies at school, things just don’t go Alexander’s way. He does not let it show, and can barely even talk about with his family, seeing as they are caught up with their busy happy lives with good things to look forward too. But one day, Alexander’s luck changes and instead attack his family. With his family experiencing their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day, the boy uses his experience on the matter to give his family insight and cheer them up.
Judith Viorst wrote and published the children’s book, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, in June of 1972 under Atheneum Books. The book sold over four million copies and The New York Times listed it as one of the bestselling children’s books of all time. The New Jersey author proceeded to write two sequels following Alexander’s life in 1977 and 1995. She also wrote a number of books and poems for both children and adults. In 1970 she won a Primetime Emmy Award for her work on Annie, the Women in the Life of a Man. She continues to write to this day.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day has been adapted into several films over the years. Rob Lieber wrote the screenplay and Miguel Arteta directs. Arteta has guest directed episodes for several very popular TV shows, including Nurse Jackie (2009), American Horror Story (2011), and Six Feet Under (2001). He is most well known for the movies he has directed such as The Good Girl (2002), and Youth in Revolt (2009). In 2011, 20th Century Fox made plans to release a live action movie, but ended up selling the script to Walk Disney Studies after reportedly being apprehensive about putting up the necessary fund for the film. It is true that although Alexander is a very and popular and successful book at the time of its release, there is no way to tell how it will translate to today youth.
The trailer pens the movie as a slapstick comedy that the whole family can enjoy. The Copper family may be getting their parade rained upon, but in the end they are they for each other and stay supportive. Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner step into the roles of Alexander’s goofy parents, who try desperately to keep things together when all hell breaks loss. Dylan Minnette plays Alexander’s older brother, Anthony, and Kerris Dorsey plays his older sister, Emily. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day will be in theaters October 10, 2014.
By: Morgan Louchen